Chelsea Altena, 19, of Ellsworth is the daughter of Harley and Shelly Altena. She graduated from Hyannis High School and attends the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, where she is studying veterinary technology and equine health.
She competes in rodeo and plays volleyball and basketball at NCTA and is active in church activities. She also enjoys training colts, riding horses, working on the family ranch and spending time with family and friends. Upon graduation she intends to work as an equine specialist at a veterinary clinic.
She says her life’s ambition is “to live my life to the fullest and trust in the Lord with all of my heart throughout all of life’s challenges. I want to be a successful equine veterinarian living down in Texas working on performance horses.”
Altena says that if she is selected as Miss Old West Trail Rodeo, she hopes to inspire others to overcome challenges.
“I was diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school. I have been faced with a challenge throughout life, and I want to show people that just because you have a learning disability doesn’t mean you can’t do something amazing. I want to show people that with faith and believing in yourself all things are possible. Dream big and smile always because you never know whose day you could make better.”
Laramie Schlichtemeier, 18, of Ogallala is the dauther of Jeff and Shari Schlichtemeier. She graduated from Ogallala High School and will attend Chadron State College in the fall to study pre-veterinary medicine. After earning her degree at CSC, she plans to complete her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State.
She participated in volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, cheerleading, FBLA and Spanish Honor Society during High School, serving as FBLA president and as captain of the cheerleading squad as a senior.
She says she has been talking about being a veterinarian since she was three years old and is excited that this fall she will take an important step in fulfilling that dream. Her ultimate career goal is to open up her own veterinarian clinic in western Nebraska someday.
“Since day one, my mother and father have been my hazers, guiding me through the right path in life. When I look in to my future I know I will be doing something that revolves around my horses and animals. I may not accomplish something that the whole country will recognize me for, but it’s the little things that will keep me striving to achieve my goals.”
“I would like to be Miss Old West Trail Rodeo Queen 2012 because I can remember how I felt looking up to those girls, and I feel as though I would be a great role model for them and the sport of rodeo.”
Shylee Hewitt, 19, is the daughter of David and Candee Hewitt of Whitney. She graduated from Chadron High School and plans to earn a degree in sports medicine and hopes to work for the Justin Sports Medicine Team.
Hewitt has competed in rodeo, volleyball and basketball and works breaking colts. She was the 2006 OWTR Miss Congeniality, the 2007 OWTR Princess and the 2008 Miss Rodeo Cherry County, first runner up. She earned the Miss Rodeo Cherry County title in 2009 and was the first runner up at the Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska contest in both 2009 and 2010. Last year she was named the Ogallala Round Up Rodeo Queen and won Miss Congeniality at the Burwell Rodeo Queen contest.
“I would like to be 2012 Miss OWTR Queen because I feel that I would be a good role model and spokesperson for the OWTR and the town of Crawford and the sport of rodeo.”
Eva Oliver, 14, is the daughter of Chuck and Stacie Oliver of Merriman. She is a freshman at Cody-Kilgore High School, where she competes in volleyball and basketball. She is also active in cheerleading, the academic decathalon, band, journalism and the GRIT Advisory Committee.
Oliver’s special interests include the Horse Quiz Bowl, 4-H, junior rodeo, AQHA horse shows, and the Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo Junior Princess and Princess contest, as well as Cody’s annual Circle C celebration.
She someday hopes to work in the field performing bovine and equine artificial insemination and embryo transfers.
“I would like to be the Old West Trail Rodeo Princess because I would be able to talk with many people about rodeo.”