Miss Rodeo America 2005.
"THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Miss
Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation! I am forever thankful for the
blessing of being able to finish my education free of debt! YOU gave me
the gift of being able to follow my dreams!
Here is my story:
When I won the title of Miss Rodeo America, I had earned 3 Associate's
Degrees from Truckee Meadows Community College. I had a jump on my
undergraduate work from the University of Nevada, Reno. I married my
husband shortly after my reign and we moved to Cokeville, Wyoming where
we raise Black Angus cattle..... but this is a very, very rural place!
(Population 500) I continued my education online through Western
Governors University. I obtained a degree in Elementary Education and
enjoyed several years of teaching in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in my
community. With the remaining scholarship money I had, I was able to
pursue 2 masters degrees, one in Chemistry and one in Biology. These
degrees qualified me to teach high school science. I loved my position
at Cokeville High School teaching science, but resigned last year to
focus on raising my 3 rowdy boys and start other business ventures. I
look forward to returning to the classroom in the future!
Once again, thank you for this incredible gift! It was the stepping
stone to the rest of my life! My family was given a great blessing and a
boost by allowing me to have a great career in our beginning years of
marriage. 11 years later, I'm filled with overwhelming gratitude for my