North Dakota’s Codi Miller a top ten finalist at Miss Rodeo America Pageant | TSLN.com

North Dakota’s Codi Miller a top ten finalist at Miss Rodeo America Pageant

Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014 Codi Miller with her parents Gary and Stacey Miller of Amidon. Courtesy photo.

Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014 Codi Miller was a top ten finalist in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant that ended Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. Miller received a $1,500 college scholarship and a trophy buckle.

Contestants in the pageant were judged on the basis of personality, horsemanship and appearance. Contestants took a test, participated in interviews, answered impromptu questions, presented speeches about their state, ride horses provided by other people, and model a variety of western clothing.

The new Miss Rodeo America is Lauren Heaton, who was Miss Rodeo Oklahoma. There were 32 states represented in the pageant. Others in the top ten were from the states of Arizona, Washington, Texas, California, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Utah.

Miller, 21, has traveled the country and the state during 2014 promoting rodeo, North Dakota and the western way of life. Activities have included assisting with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, the RAM National Circuit Finals in Oklahoma City, and the PRCA Hall of Fame Inductions in Colorado Springs. She is also an anti-bullying advocate, having delivered a "Cowgirl Suzie" presentation to numerous elementary and middle school classrooms during her travels.

Miller works part-time as the events and public relations coordinator at the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame office and previously was an intern for the Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She earned an associate's degree in tourism and hospitality management in 2012 from Black Hills State University, Spearfish, S.D., and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in marketing from Minot State University. She is interested in a career in public relations for a political or non-profit organization. She also has her own photography business specializing in outdoor portraits.

She grew up on a ranch and is a rodeo competitor, currently in the barrel racing event. She won two state pole bending titles in North Dakota high school rodeo and served as the N.D. High School Rodeo Queen in 2010. On her path to becoming Miss Rodeo North Dakota, she served as Miss Rodeo Mandan 2013. Her parents are Gary and Stacey Miller.

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Miller passes on the Miss Rodeo North Dakota title effective Jan. 1 to Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015 Dani Taylor of Mandan. A coronation celebration for Taylor is planned Jan. 3 in Mandan.

–Miss Rodeo North Dakota