When it comes to carrying the flag during the Fourth of July Rodeo in Killdeer, there will be a Dunn County connection.
Chesney Gjermundson, 13, of Marshall, earned the title of Miss North Dakota Junior High Rodeo Queen on May 18 during the 2019 North Dakota Junior High Rodeo Division (NDJHRD) Finals Rodeo and Pageant in Bismarck.
As such, Gjermundson will carry the American flag at NDJHRD rodeos during the coming year and will help promote the sport at rodeos and western events throughout the state.
As part of the pageant, Gjermundson competed in speech, modeling, impromptu questions, interview, horsemanship and a rodeo knowledge test. Of the pageant she said, “I liked all of it, but my most favorite part was horsemanship. I like to ride and thought it was fun to practice the reining pattern and carry the flag.”
Gjermundson competes in pole bending, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and ribbon roping in the NDJHRD.
Home schooled, she is an honor student who is also involved in band, basketball and 4-H at Richardton-Taylor. She plays the piano and trumpet, raises and exhibits meat goats and also competes in the Stark-Morton Rodeo Association. She is a daughter of Casey and Koko Gjermundson, of Marshall in southeast Dunn County and north of Richardton, and has one sister, Kazanne, who recently finished as one of two reserve champion cowcutters at the state high school rodeo championships in Bowman.
Gjermundson competed in breakaway roping, pole bending and ribbon roping in the 2019 state finals rodeo. She says her favorite event is pole bending. Another highlight of her junior high rodeo career was becoming the 2018 Richardton Junior High Rodeo Breakaway Roping Champion, winning that event on the second day of her hometown rodeo last August.
Chesney anticipates her year as Miss North Dakota Junior High Rodeo Queen by stating her pageant theme, “I look forward to educating and inspiring others by using my rodeo experiences and ranching heritage to help promote the people and the animals that make rodeo a true American sport.” She added, “I think the most fun part will be traveling and helping out at events, seeing people I know and meeting a lot of other people.”