This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo, making it an exceptional honor for the next young lady crowned as Miss Rodeo Cherokee.
Staci Sivinski of Cherokee is the currently reigning as Miss Rodeo Cherokee. She is the daughter of Jeff and Nancy Sivinski and is a junior at Washington High School. She has a brother, Andy, and a sister, Ivy.
Staci decided to compete in the contest last year because she loves the rodeo. She has been riding horses since she was a toddler. She regularly competes in National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) barrel racing competitions and her ambition is to become a professional barrel racer.
She is well on her way. In 2004 she won a saddle in the Can Run Series held in Marcus. More recently she qualified for the NBHA World Championships to be held in Mississippi in July.
She is active in high school and in the community. She is a member of the speech and thespian clubs at WHS. She has been involved with 4-H for about seven years and has helped with several different community service projects through her church.
Staci found the competition for Miss Rodeo Cherokee a lot of fun in spite of the work it entailed. The three day competition includes giving a speech to evaluate speaking ability, a personal interview, photogenic, horsemanship and a Queen's run on horseback during the opening performance of the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo.
Becoming Miss Rodeo Cherokee was an honor to Staci who says, "It's been a dream come true being a part of something I've know my whole life." This honor tops off the fact that she has been going to the Cherokee rodeo since she was twelve years old. She adds, "The Barnes family has been really supportive and it's been fun getting to know all of them."
The honor of being Miss Rodeo Cherokee involves representing the rodeo and Cherokee at various events throughout the year. It is a chance to promote the sport of rodeo to the general public and support the cowboys and cowgirls. Staci says the most fun is traveling around and meeting new people. She has been able to attend more rodeos that she normally would otherwise.
As Miss Rodeo Cherokee, Staci has been in the Fourth of July parade in Storm Lake, the Fireman's Ball parade in Aurelia, and of course the Cherokee Rodeo parade. She has also represented Cherokee at the Sydney Rodeo, Gateway to the West Rodeo in Sioux City, and the Spencer Fair Rodeo.
Staci wants to encourage young ladies to compete for Miss Rodeo Cherokee. She says the experience of the competition alone is worth it because it can teach a person things that would be useful in life. For example, Staci has learned how to walk up to people and start conversations.
Her favorite part of the competition was the giving the speech. She says she had a lot of fun with hers and adds it's important to relax and not to get stressed about giving the speech.
Staci's parents have supported her and her mom says it has been fun and they have been very proud of her and the way she has represented Cherokee. "She does a nice job." says her mom.