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Oliver named Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2019

Eva Oliver is Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2019.

The Merriman woman was crowned Wednesday night during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.

Oliver, 20, won the categories of horsemanship, personality and photogenic following four days of competition.

Caitlin Davis, 22, of Waverly, received the Rising Star Award during the pageant.

Madison Clark, 21, of Wellfleet, was named first runner-up after winning the categories of speech, written test, appearance and congeniality. She will fulfill the duties of queen, if at any point, Oliver is unable to do so.

Oliver’s prizes include thousands of dollars in scholarships (including a two-year, renewable full tuition scholarship to Mid-Plains Community College), a tiara, saddle, buckle, chaps, tack and jewelry, among many other items.

She will remain a lady-in-waiting until January. Oliver’s job until then will be to prepare for her reign and fill in at rodeos, parades and other events Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2018 Kristin Kohmetscher is unable to attend.

Oliver is the daughter of Chuck and Stacie Oliver of Merriman.

She is currently studying veterinary technology at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Eva is excited to be Miss Rodeo Nebraska so she can represent the “greatest sport on dirt” and the principles it was founded on.

“Growing up on a ranch gave me a firsthand look at how rodeo began, how it has evolved over the years and why it is so important to preserve,” Eva said. “I want to not only educate students about the passion of rodeo, but also to encourage them to be the best version of themselves – to stand up for what they believe in and to stand out from the crowd.”

While in college, Eva has participated in intramural sports, the ranch horse team, Women in Agriculture, Collegiate Cattlemen and Phi Theta Kappa.

Sjeklocha is Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska

A Hayes Center woman has been named Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2018.

Rebel Sjeklocha was crowned June 13 at the North Platte Community Playhouse in North Platte. Sjeklocha, 17, won the personality, speech, written test and appearance categories of the pageant.

JoSee Saults, 17, of Big Springs, won the pageant’s Rising Star award.

Bailey Lehr, 17, of Columbus, was named first-runner up after winning the horsemanship, photogenic and congeniality awards. She will fulfill the duties of queen if, for some reason, Sjeklocha is unable to complete her reign.

Sjeklocha

Sjeklocha won first-runner up at the pageant in 2016 and 2017. She also won the speech category both years.

“The experience taught me to never give up on my goals,” Sjeklocha said. “If your heart truly longs for something, keep working hard to obtain that goal.”

Sjeklocha is the daughter of Rusty and Susan Sjeklocha. She graduated from Maywood High School in May and has plans to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to study Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications in the fall.

Rebel would like to eventually go to law school and open a 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.

NEBRASKAland Days June 12-22, 2019