Sandford looks to extend reign as high school rodeo queen

<p>Lillian Sandford</p>

Lillian Sandford of Ione will compete to retain her title of Miss Oregon High School Rodeo at the Oregon High School Rodeo Association finals June 12-15 in Prineville. 

Sandford, a Heppner High School junior, is just finishing her reign as the 2012-13 high school rodeo queen. She has travelled more than 5,000 miles during the year, representing her community, school, state and the sport of rodeo. 

The daughter of Rick and Sylvia Sandford, Lillian is a member of the Intermountain High School rodeo team. In addition to her queen activities, she competes in barrel racing and pole bending. Sandford maintains a 4.0 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society and FFA, and is an academic letter winner in history, language arts and Spanish.

The queen is required to attend all Oregon High School Rodeo events. She is also responsible for the grand entry procession at the beginning of each rodeo performance, working closely with the rodeo committee and announcer.

“We are the usually one of the first members there and the last to leave each weekend,” Sandford said. “It is a lot of hard work, but it has been so much fun getting to make new friends and working with the adults that volunteer their time for our association.”

If Sandford wins the title again, she will travel to Rock Springs, Wyo., for the National Finals, along with the top four contestants in each rodeo event. 

“I hope to bring home the title again to Eastern Oregon and my team.” Sandford said. “It is a great opportunity for scholarships, personal growth and getting the public knowledge to a higher level about our association.”

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