Six seek Miss Wilderness Circuit title

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 3:02 PM

OGDEN — Six contestants will vie for the Miss Wilderness Circuit queen Saturday.

The winner will reign over activities throughout the year associated with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo circuit in Utah, Nevada and Southern Idaho. The circuit finals are set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at the Wasatch County Events Center in Heber City.

The community is invited to watch all public portions of the contest.

Competing are Rebecca Dunne, 20, Las Vegas; Stephanie Jimerson, 20, of Cedar City; Shianne Lowe, 18, of West Haven; Paige Morgan, 22, of Provo; Brandy Mortensen, 22, of Springville, and Talia Wilson, 21, of Lindon.

The contest will include a 10 a.m. modeling and speech competition and a 11:30 a.m. luncheon at Comfort Suites Hotel, 2250 S. 1200 West in Ogden.

Charge for the luncheon is $20. RSVP by Friday by calling 801-745-3022.

Horsemanship will be at 2 p.m. at the Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 North 1200 West in Ogden.

“Our theme this year is ‘Let the New Adventure Begin,’” said Paula Smith, chairwoman of the Miss Wilderness Circuit pageant committee. “We felt like it will be a new adventure going to a new place for the circuit finals. The circuit finals are what top circuit cowboys work all season to be in.”

Dunne is the daughter of James Dunne and Donna Knovloch.

She graduated from Sequim High School and Peninsula College in Washington State with her Associates of Art’s degree with honors at the age of 17.

She has returned to Nevada, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science. She competes in barrel racing and trail riding throughout Nevada.

Lowe is the daughter of Davey and Lyndi Lowe.

She graduated from Fremont High School with the Sterling Scholar in photography. She was a member of the Utah High School Rodeo Association All Star Academic Team and was awarded first place at the Weber County District Art Show.

Lowe is enrolled at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College pursuing her cosmetology and master of esthetics license.

Jimerson is the daughter of John and Sandy Jimerson of New Harmony.

She is a graduate of Cedar City High School and has attended Southern Utah University. Jimerson was an FFA officer for three years, Leo’s Club president for two years and has been a 4-H leader and mentor for the youth.

She is a volunteer firefighter for New Harmony as well as part of the Search and Rescue team and Special Operations Rope Rescue team.

Morgan is the daughter of Shawn and Sandi Morgan.

She is the graduate of American Fork High School and is on track to graduate in December from Utah State University with a dual major in agricultural communication and journalism with a minor in political science.

Morgan was the Utah State University Country Swing Club president, rodeo team secretary, women’s rodeo team captain, Agricultural Communications Club secretary and treasurer and the Utah Paint Horse Club reserve all-around youth winner.

Mortensen is the daughter of Preston and Collette Mortensen.

She is a 4.0 GPA high honors graduate of Springville High School and is currently attending Brigham Young University on an academic scholarship.

Mortensen was a member of the BYU Phi Eta Sigma Association of College Honor Societies, the Strawberry Water User Scholarship award winner, two time 4-H Utah State individual show qualifier and a Utah State certified horse show judge.

Wilson is the daughter of Jeff and Kayleen Wilson.

She graduated from Pleasant Grove High School with honors and graduated in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in music from Utah Valley University.

Her accomplishments include an FFA Star Greenhand Award. She received an Outstanding Academic Merit Full Scholarship for college. Winning a concerto competition, she performed a violin concerto with the Utah Valley University symphony.

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