Lexi Tripp, Jonesboro, named Miss Illinois High School Rodeo
The new Miss Illinois High School Rodeo is Alexis "Lexi" Tripp of Jonesboro.
Lexi, 17, will be a senior next fall at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. She is the daughter of Julie and Todd Mowery of Jonesboro and Dustin and A.J. Tripp of Lick Creek.
The new rodeo queen was crowned during the Illinois High School Rodeo Association's state finals, which were June 8-12 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Miss Illinois High School Rodeo was crowned Saturday night.
By winning the Illinois title, Lexi advances to the National High School Rodeo Association queen competition.
The national event is scheduled July 15 in Gilette, Wyo. Forty-six queens from throughout the country will be participating in the pageant.
On her way to earning the title, Lexi won six of eight events which were part of the contest, including horsemanship, a test on the rule book, a personal interview, a speech, modeling and Miss Congeniality.
Lexi said that she was grateful for help from Patsy and Jacy Littrell of Litchfield in preparing for the state event.
The new queen admitted to being a little bit nervous about the competition, but added that she was "super excited" to have won and moved on to the national event.
Lexi said she has been riding horses since she was able to walk. She has been competing in rodeos since her freshman year in high school. She competes in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying events.
Rodeo takes her to competitions throughout the state – and now it will take her to Wyoming this summer.
Lexi welcomes support from sponsors as she prepares for the national event. To learn how to help, contact Julie Mowery at 833-8438.