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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 27, 1997 9 PVHS Rodeo team hosts first queen contest by Nicole Graziano, Rodeo Team Reporter The Pahrump Valley High School Rodeo Club has been active for nearly 20 years. Because rodeo is a sport which requires participants to be skilled athletes, the group has changed their name to the PVHS Rodeo Team. The Rodeo Team is a group of young cowboys and cowgirls giving their best effort to maintain an American tradition and way of life that has been a symbol of the West for over a hundred years. Team members must maintain grade point averages the same as football, basketball and golf team members. The primary difference for Rodeo Team members is the school does not sponsor the team or recognize it in the athletic awards process. Parents must bear the entire financial burden which includes furnishing transportation to High School Rodeo events throughout the state. The team presently has 36 members and is structured much like a corporation. There is a student president, vice-president, secretary and so on. The Rodeo Team is supervised by two directors, Jeff Meeks and Liz Sandoval. Saturday, November 22, the Rodeo Team is sponsoring its first Rodeo Queen Contest. Six cowgirls will compete to become the first PVHS Rodeo Queen. The first two runners-up will be princesses in the Queen's court. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Bob Ruud Community Center, each cowgirl will recite a speech she has prepared detailing the difference between a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) cowboy and a working ranch cowboy. Following the speech each contestant will have a personal interview with the judges. The fun doesn't end with the interview. The judges and contestants will then move to Cheryl and Scott Kramer's arena on Wilson Road where the cowgirls will demonstrate their riding skills. The girls have studied and practiced fore: patterns in horsemanship. The judges will select two of the four patterns Nevada Historical Society needs help I have recently taken an interest in the history of the "Great Spanish Flu Epidemic" of 1918 and 1919 and have completed a large manuscript for publication. I am covering the impact of the epidemic along the railroad corridor west from Wendovcr through Lovelock and the adjoining communities of Austin and Eureka and all the ranching areas and mining camps, particularly the area north from Winnemucca, Paradise Valley, Fort McDermitt and Denio and among the Basques, Italians and the Native Americans. 1 am interested in personal reminiscences. This does not have to be firsthand experiences, but stories handed down in family lore. If you can help, I would be interested in heating from you. Also, 1 have very few photographs to illustrate the various phases of the epidemic. I would love to have family photos or other types showing people wearing flu masks. If these are sent along, they will be copied fight away and the originals returned. I will, of course, give credit for photos when and if this article is published. I would like to hear from you Phillip I. Earl, 700 Putnam Drive, Reno, Nev., 89503. On behalf of the Town of Pahrump and the Pahrump Town Board, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their assistance on October 29, 199Z These people donated their time/ vehicles to go to the Test Site to pick up surplus materials to be used by the Town of Pahrump. Each of your efforts is appreciated. Dave Fanning, David Francis, Scott Gregory, Debra Strickland, Tom Mendel, Doug Richards, Gary Hollis, Gary Gilpin, Scot Tibbits, Matt Luis, Bob Lott, Vicente Mora, Jr., Juan Sanchez, William Harris for the contestants to perform. The PVHS Rodeo Queen and her princesses will be crowned as soon after the riding event as the judge's scores can be tallied. The fun goes on. Saturday evening from 8:30 p.m. until whenever, the Rodeo Team will sponsor a fund raising dance at the Bob Ruud Community Center. Tickets are $5 per couple and $3 for a single. All funds raised will be used to help host the Nevada High School Rodeo scheduled to be held in Pahrump in March. The Nevada High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) Rodeo draws contestants from all over the state. The Rodex provides entertainment and also fills motels, restaurants anc brings business to many others in the community. The team invites Pahrumpians to meet their first Queen, hel court and all the cowboys and cowgirls who represent Pahrum[ in statewide competitions. Team members appreciate the sup- port of the many business and community members who hav helped support the queen contest and the team. For more information about the contest or the team, contact Stephanie Jones at 751-3421. 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