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Cowgirls hoping for titles in this year's Miss Rodeo Sallisaw pageant

Updated: Aug 5, 2022

Left to right: Kelli Brennand, Jernie Girdner and Carson Hamilton

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - The Miss Rodeo Sallisaw Pageant will be taking place this weekend during the 78th annual Lions Club Rodeo.

The pageant will begin on August 5 at 10 a.m. at the ICTC conference building with speeches, modeling, and impromptu questions.

The competition will continue Saturday morning with the horsemanship competition starting at 8 a.m. at the Sallisaw Rodeo grounds. The 2022 Sallisaw Rodeo Queen will be crowned during Saturday night’s rodeo.

Now it’s time to meet the contestants!

The 2022 Miss Rodeo Sallisaw contestants include (pictured above):

Kelli Brennand is from Stella, Missouri, and is 19 years old. She attends Crowder College with plans to transfer to the University of Arkansas and enjoys pottery, painting, and sketching.

Jernie Girdner is 17 years old and calls Stilwell home. She is an honor roll student at Stilwell Virtual High School and loves volunteering, helping special-needs children and shopping.

Carson Hamilton is from Gentry, Ark., and is 18 years old. She will be a freshman at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Carson enjoys Chapel Worship singing and dancing.

The 2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Sallisaw contestants include:

Left to right: Lily Gilliam, Morgan Izell and Brooklyn Teague

Lily Gilliam is from Glenpool, OK, and is 15 years old. She is a sophomore at Bishop Kelly High School. Lily enjoys playing guitar, spiking a volleyball, fishing, and kayaking.

Morgan Izell is an 11-year-old from Choctaw, Okla. She attends Liberty Academy in Shawnee, Okla. Morgan has a love for music, swimming, and enjoys playing volleyball.

Brooklyn Teague is from Siloam Springs, Ark., and is 14 years old. She attends Siloam Springs public school. Brooklyn enjoys FFA and enjoys playdays, where she has won several buckles and prizes.

The 2022 Miss Rodeo Sweetheart contestants include:

Left to right: Hadlee Mae Caughman, Sofia Rose Gonzalez and Savannah Izell

Hadlee Mae Caughman lives in Vian and is eight years old. She attends Liberty Elementary School in Sallisaw. Hadlee enjoys dancing, swimming, and spending time with her family.

Sofia Rose Gonzalez is seven years old and from Sallisaw.. She attends Liberty Elementary School in Sallisaw. Sofia enjoys making tortillas with her grandma and going to tumbling classes.

Savannah Izell is from Choctaw, OK and is eight years old. She attends Liberty Academy in Shawnee. Savannah likes playing basketball and learning new things.

Left to right: Mia Lancester, Tynlea Victory and Blake Waters

Mia Lancaster is eight years old and from Boynton, OK. She attends Morris Elementary School and is a cheerleader, and plays basketball and softball. Mia enjoys tumbling and going to church.

Tynlea Victory is from Sallisaw, OK and is seven years old. She attends Central Public School and is in the second grade. Tynlea enjoys playing softball, basketball, cheering, tumbling, and working out.

Blake Waters is seven years old and from Sallisaw. She is in the second grade at Liberty Elementary School. Blake enjoys art, dancing, and gymnastics.

All pageant events are open and free to the public. So, come out and support these lovely ladies as they compete for their titles!!

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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