Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2011 April Newsletter
Happy spring! Spring is probably my favorite season of the year for several reasons. It’s when the trees start budding, the grass begins to turn green and the flowers start to bloom. I also love it not only because it means winter is finally leaving, but because spring, and the Easter season signify new life.
Calving season is upon us and I enjoy watching the baby calves running, kicking, and playing around the pasture. Easter is more than new green grass, flowers, and baby calves though. For my family and me, it is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and the price He paid for our salvation. To me, that is the most important reason why spring and Easter are so special.
March went by in a whirlwind. I first participated in the South Dakota Resource Conservation speech contest in Sturgis. This was a great opportunity for me to learn more about preserving and protecting our natural resources and what my family does to help conserve those resources. I then went to the district contest and will be representing the Elk Creek Conservation District, and the Black Hills area at the state competition in Pierre.
As the month of March progressed, I shifted gears a bit and was able to attend a rodeo and other events. The Black Hills State University (BHSU) rodeo team held their annual Cowboys and Candlelight dinner and fundraiser event that I attended with Miss Rodeo South Dakota, Courtney Peterson. There was a wonderful turnout to the event and it was great to see so much support for the BHSU rodeo team. While there, Courtney and I were privileged to be able to meet one of the inductees into the BHSU rodeo Hall of Fame, Ruth Ann (Marty) Sprague who was Miss Rodeo South Dakota 1969.
During the same weekend, I carried flags for BHSU’s Yellowjacket Stampede. It was an excellent rodeo, run smoothly, efficiently, and with several colleges and universities represented. Afterwards, my parents and I were impressed that the members of the BSHU rodeo team were in the stands picking up trash immediately following the rodeo. After all, how many football and basketball players do you see picking up trash at the conclusion of a game?
Towards the end of March, I was able to visit my first school. I was so excited to visit the kindergarten class at Whitewood Elementary where I attended kindergarten and first grade several years ago. The kids were so interested and enthusiastic as I explained the different events seen in a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo and what I do as an ambassador for rodeo. Fielding all of the questions that the youngsters had prepared was a lot of fun. It was also great to see some of the teachers that I remember from kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Kling and Mrs. Kotab are still striving to help young kids receive a good start to their education. They were my favorite teachers then, and are still some of the best teachers I know.
As the month of April continues on, I look forward to keeping busy with ranch work, school, dance, and representing rodeo in the state of South Dakota. I hope you all had a very blessed Easter.