Miss Rodeo Montana 2018 – Kaitlin Kolka
Kaitlin Kolka is the 23-year-old daughter of Robin & Tom Nansel of Colstrip, MT, and Dean & Jill Kolka of Broadus, MT. She grew up splitting time between her family’s ranches in Southeastern Montana. Kaitlin is continuing her family legacy of ranching, rodeo and rodeo queening.
During high school Kaitlin participated in and held officer positions in numerous activities including FFA, FCCLA, Independent Peers Against Destructive Decisions (IPADD), sports and MT High School Rodeo. She served as a page in the Montana State Senate for Taylor Brown. Kaitlin was named Montana State High School Rodeo Queen in 2012, and placed 7th at the National High School Rodeo Queen Pageant where she won the categories of Personal Interview and Personality. Among Kaitlin’s numerous high school achievements was being named as the only Coca Cola Scholar from the state of Montana!
Kaitlin graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in coaching. She plans to complete a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and provide early intervention services for children in rural Montana.
During her time in Bozeman, Kaitlin served as a volunteer at Eagle Mount, a youth group leader at Connect Church, and worked for MSU Residence Life as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Resident Director for three years. During those years she received MSU President Cruzado’s Pure Gold Award, and was honored to be named Advisor of the Year. Kaitlin was also named to Montana’s 25 Under 25 list of outstanding young leaders in Montana.
Kaitlin currently works as an Extension Agent for the Chief Dull Knife College Extension Office on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. She works to promote health education and development through various youth programs including day camps, gardening, basketball camps and youth rodeos. Kaitlin helped develop the Rodeo Bucks program which helps young rodeo competitors learn the importance of budgeting and teaches them financial literacy skills. The program is currently being piloted with Native American youth rodeo competitors. Kaitlin loves Jesus, her family, red cows, agriculture and rodeo! She is excited to be the third generation in her family to hold a state rodeo queen title and compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America. Kaitlin is dedicated to promoting the Montana circuit, the sport of professional rodeo, and the field of agriculture to the best of her ability. #havecourageandbekind #threegenerationsonegoal #knowyourrootsbutclimbyourmountain
Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2018 – Keely Drummond
Keely Drummond is the 16 year old daughter of Jeff Drummond of Great Falls and JJ Meissner of Belt. Keely holds many scholastic honors and works on the family ranch while raising 4-H market lambs. Her ambitions are to graduate at the top of her class, continue as class, 4-H, DECA, Student Body officer/president. She hopes to volunteer in a third world country as a service learning project and pursue a career in anesthesiology or orthodontics while traveling the world extensively. When asked why she wants to become Miss Teen Rodeo Montana she responds, “As Miss Teen Rodeo Montana, I strive to be a role model to younger children while supporting cowboys, cowgirls, and the sport of rodeo across the Treasure State. I aim to smile, open my heart, and share kindness while wearing the crown of a longtime western tradition; I want to be an approachable link between the rodeo community and those unfamiliar with our sport. On a personal level, I want to broaden my knowledge and expertise with horses, public presentations, and the everlasting western fashion and traditions. As Miss Teen Rodeo Montana, my goal is not to change the world but to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives that I have the ability to touch.
Big Sky Pro Rodeo Queen 2018 – Hailey Burrows
Hailey is the 19-year-old daughter of Bob and Leslie Burrows of Vaughn. She has grown up in the Sun River Valley and is a graduate of Simms High School. Hailey is employed with Best Friends Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant… working towards her career goal of becoming a veterinarian. She loves hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.
As the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Queen, Hailey attends community events all over Montana and speaks to people from all walks of life. One of her greatest joys is interacting with kids, talking to them about the sport of rodeo and being a role model they can look up to.
The Big Sky Pro Rodeo Queen Contest is held each year during the Big Sky Pro Rodeo. For more information, visit bigskyprorodeo.com on the web or follow on facebook.
Photo credit: Lindsay Garpestad