Mid-South Queens Reflect Back On Year
story and photos by Kevin DeBusk
During the Miss Rodeo America contest, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miss Arkansas Jami Shilling, Miss Mississippi Robin Meeks and Miss Tennessee Courtney Terry were asked the following questions about their year.
What was your most memorable moment?
Miss Tennessee: It would have to be the fashion show. It was a great big production and we all had a fabulous time.
Miss Mississippi: My hometown rodeo in Canton, Mississippi. I got to carry in the American flag and turn back steers. It was just a lot of fun.
Miss Arkansas: It would have to have been Calgary. I flew into Utah and drove through Utah and Montana.
What are your future plans with rodeo?
Miss Tennessee: There is life for rodeo queens after Vegas. I plan to help get next years queen ready.
Miss Mississippi: I plan to help the next girl. I would like to take Miss Rodeo Mississippi to a higher level. I want to help get her out in the public eye more because she is an excellent representative to rodeo.
Miss Arkansas: I have big plans. I have a fifteen year old sister that is interested in the queens contest and hopefully we will have another Miss Rodeo Arkansas out of our family.
What would you suggest for those considering being contestants?
Miss Tennessee: Prepare and practice. You can't ever come into something like this too prepared. Up and coming contestants should absolutely come the year before they compete because you will learn so much. This is such an overwhelming experience.
Miss Mississippi: I would suggest they study and prepare. You need to know your stuff and remember names.
Miss Arkansas: You need to know what you want and work hard for it. Dreams do come true.
Would you do this again?
Miss Tennessee: Absolutely, I would do it again in a second. I have met so many wonderful people over the course of this year and I've had so many unique experiences.
Miss Mississippi: Absolutely, this has been one of the best years of my life. I've had experiences as Miss Mississippi that I wouldn't have had any other way.
Miss Arkansas: I would do it in a heartbeat. I love to travel and this has given me that opportunity.
What is the most important thing you are taking away from this experience?
Miss Tennessee: The most important thing I'm going to take away from this year is a renewed self-confidence. Doing this requires you to get up in front of thousands of people. I will never be afraid to go into a job interview.
Miss Mississippi: This has definitely boosted my self-confidence and self-esteem. I've become a lot better at public speaking because I've gotten accustomed to speaking to large numbers of people.
Miss Arkansas: I'm taking away friendships. I've met twenty-nine of the most wonderful ladies. I will never forget that.
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