The Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Coronation will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at the North Platte Community Playhouse, downtown at Fifth and Bailey.
There are three contestants this year. They will be judged on their horsemanship, appearance and photogenic appeal.
The theme is “God Bless America Again,” organizer Linda Evans said.
All veterans and those serving in the armed services will be guests of honor and admitted to the coronation at no charge with the proper ID.
Rebel Sjeklocha, 17, is the daughter of Rusty and Susan Sjeklocha of Hayes Center. She will graduate from Maywood High School in May then attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to study Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications.
Rebel would like to eventually attend law school and open a law practice in a rural area. Her dream is to help farmers and ranchers pass on their livelihoods to the next generation as well as defend the natural resources that are vital to their operations.
“The key to success is the willingness to learn, grow and stretch outside your comfort zones,” Rebel said. “Being crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska would be a valuable part of my desire to promote and support the agricultural industry and would provide me with the opportunity to help other young women understand the importance of never giving up on goals.”
JoSee Saults, 17, is from Big Springs. She is the daughter of Scott and Jill Saults.
JoSee attends South Platte High School and has plans of attending law school and becoming a criminal lawyer.
If selected as Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska, JoSee would use the opportunity to promote the sport of rodeo with schoolchildren.
“I would like to implement my CUR Program for grades K-2 and share the book I wrote, ‘The ABCs of Rodeo’,” JoSee said. “I would also like to use the opportunity to meet as many people as possible. I love meeting new people and making new friends everywhere I go.”
Bailey Lehr, 17, is the daughter of Lance and Joan Lehr of Columbus. She is a junior at Scotus Central High School.
After graduation, Bailey plans to continue her education, first at a community college, then at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, to obtain a degree in agronomy. Eventually, Bailey would like to be able to use her knowledge as an agronomist to improve her family’s farm, other farms and the next generation of farmers.
“My biggest desire is to do as much as I can, as often as I can, for as many as I can,” Bailey said. “Representing the state as Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska would be a huge honor and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I cannot think of anything more rewarding than giving back to the state and sport that has shaped me into the young lady I am today.”