Cowgirls compete for title of Miss Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo |

Cowgirls compete for title of Miss Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

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Competition for the 2014 Miss Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, in Rapid City, S.D. The five contestants from around the state of South Dakota will be judged on personality, appearance, horsemanship, personal interview, riding ability, speeches, modeling, media interview and answering of impromptu questions.

The contestants will be interviewed by the judges starting at 8 a.m., followed by speeches and modeling at 11 a.m. at the Journey Museum Theater. The speeches and modeling are open to the public and we would like to encourage all visiting rodeo queens to attend this event to be introduced. Following the speeches and modeling, contestants will compete in the horsemanship competition at 2 p.m. at the Event Center. The public is welcome to attend the horsemanship and speeches and modeling events.

Gina Jespersen, Miss Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo 2013 and current Miss Rodeo Nebraska will crown the winner prior to Sunday’s performance of the South Dakota High School 20X Extreme Showcase at 12:45 p.m.

Miss Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo is an ambassador to South Dakota’s official state sport, Rodeo. She will travel the state promoting rodeo and the Black Hills. This pageant prepares many young women on their journey to the title of Miss Rodeo South Dakota.

Nicole Boomsma

Nicole Boomsma is the 24 year old daughter of Patti and Kenny Boomsma. She is also the brave sister to 3 brothers; Matthew, Justin, and Kardell and a loving aunt to one nephew, Ty. Nicole and her family reside in Stickney, S.D. Nicole is the 2008 graduate of Stickney Public School where she was actively involved in cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, track, chorus, all school play and oral interp. Along with all the other activities, Nicole was honored to be a part of the student council and recognized on the honor roll. After high-school, Nikki pursued a career in cosmetology at Black Hills Beauty College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She currently works as a full-time Cosmetologist at Prestige Salon and Spa in Mitchell, S.D. Nicole has had the privilege to be named 2008 Miss Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Queen, 2010 Miss Rodeo Aberdeen, and 2013 Miss Faith Stock Show and Rodeo Queen. Off the arena grounds, Nikki likes to help out the local Make-a-Wish Foundation and Big Brother, Big Sister Foundation. She is also an active member of Ethan Trail Riders. Nicole’s sponsor is Prestige Salon and Spa and would like to extend a special thanks to those who have supported her in following her dreams!

Kaira Dempsey

Kaira Dempsey is the 23-year-old daughter of Steven and Shelley Dempsey. She lives in Brookings, S.D., on a small acreage. Kaira graduated from South Dakota State University in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a Business minor. Upon graduating she obtained a Project Manager Position in the sports department at Daktronics, Inc. Kaira spends much of her summer months assisting the Specialized Training And Riding Skills (STARS) program for handicapped riders, participating in the Brookings Riding Club fun days and working with her own horses. She loves attending rodeos and hopes to start barrel racing competitively in the future. She is sponsored by Hicks Enterprises.

Cheyenne Mcmillin

Cheyenne was born on March 28, 1995 and raised in western South Dakota on a little farm in Hermosa. She learned to ride horses at a young age. Her parents Dennis and Marie Mcmillin encouraged her to compete in youth riding events before she was started school. Her first horse was a Palomino paint quarter horse mare. Cheyenne was involved in 4-H from age eight to eighteen. She was active in the Horse and Pony, Veterinary Science, Photography, and First Aid sections. She went to grade school in Hermosa and graduated high school from Custer High. Cheyenne is now a member in her volunteer fire department in Hayward, S.D. Cheyenne enjoys being outdoors and the warm weather. She loves to chase her nieces around and take them for rides on her horse. Cheyenne also likes going shooting with her brothers. She likes to hike and swim and canoe and go jogging. Most importantly she loves her horses and loves riding. Cheyenne plans to seek degrees in business and equine science.

Shamee Merkel

A blue-eyed cowgirl, Shamee Merkel, is the 23-year-old daughter of Ross and Amanda Merkel and Kim Merkel. She lives in Aberdeen, S.D., attending school at Northern State University but grew up in Ellendale, N.D. She graduated December 2014 with a Biology degree and plans to get a Bachelor degree in Nursing through doing the pre-accelerate Nursing program at Northern State University.

Kendra Peterson

Coming from just below the Coteau Hills, Kendra Peterson has horses, cattle and the western lifestyle running through her blood. This 22 year old daughter of Ronald and Myla Peterson grew up on the family ranch just northwest of Sisseton. While in high school she was a student manager for both girls basketball and track, along with competing in volleyball and rodeo. She was also a member and officer of the Sisseton FFA chapter and the Country Kids 4-H Club. Kendra was competitive in many rodeo events but excelled in pole bending and qualified for state high school finals for her senior year. After high school this cowgirl traveled north to the University of Minnesota Crookston where she graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in agricultural business. During her years at school Kendra was also honored with the titles of 2011 Miss Rodeo Aberdeen and 2012 Miss Corn Palace Stampede. Along with that she was active in the Collegiate FFA and also an organization called NACTA which allows agricultural students to compete against one another in various judging contests.


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