1st Attendant: McKell Wall
Mckell Wall is the 22-year-old daughter of Jared and Shelly Wall of Santaquin, Utah. She is currently attending Utah Valley University where she will be receiving her Bachelors of Science in the Spring of 2018. Her degree will be in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.
Aside from her schooling, Mckell is very dedicated and outgoing and is also very active in her community and at her University. At Utah Valley University, she has been involved in over 10 organizations or programs. She currently is serving in the Utah Valley University Student Government and has been asked to return for a second year as part of the Senate Branch.
Besides student government, Mckell also is heavily involved in the UVU Ambassador program, is a Team Leader in the CAL program, and has an internship in social media and marketing at UVU. Besides enhancing her education, she is also a Shift Leader at the Orem DQ Grill & Chill, and is very active in the outdoors including family outings, hunting, fishing, traveling, sporting events, and playing with her dog Bruno.
Mckell loves the busy and prosperous life she lives and continues striving to live her life to the best of her ability and hopes to continue living in a way that can help her own personal growth as well as help in the influence others.
“I am beyond blessed and so excited to continue representing the community and people of Pleasant Grove. I am excited to be able to represent the Strawberry Days Rodeo and advocate for the sport of rodeo which I love. I hope that I can influence and represent myself as well as Pleasant Grove to the best of my ability. Thank you for this opportunity!”
Queen: Shawnee Harward
Shawnee Harward is the 17 year old daughter of Floyd and Shannon Harward. She lives in Lindon and was chosen as the first Lindon Days Junior Rodeo Queen last summer. Shawnee logs in many hours each week training her horse to be steady on a trail, and to compete in the arena.
Shawnee graduated from Timpanogos High School in May and received the ACT Scholar’s Award. She was president of the Timpanogos FFA and earned her State Degree. Shawnee took first place in state for 2 years with her Agri-Science project, and received a gold ranking at Nationals in Indiana. She also earned the Regents Exemplary Scholarship.
Whether Shawnee is hunting with her dad, fishing with friends, riding horses on a trail, sitting by a fire, or cruising a side by side down the canyon, she loves everything the mountains have to offer. She also loves country music and has a weakness for ice cream.
In addition to fulfilling her duties in the Strawberry Days Rodeo Royalty, Shawnee’s future plans include earning a Political Science degree at Utah State University. She then hopes to attend Notre Dame Law School and pursue a career in the United State JAG Corp. Shawnee’s dream is to own a Ranch where she can provide service to military veterans through equine-assisted therapy.
“It is truly an honor to represent the Strawberry Days Rodeo this year, and a great privilege to work alongside such beautiful and talented ladies as McKell and Sydney! I’m looking forward to sharing my love of rodeo with people I meet. I especially hope to encourage young girls to believe in themselves and reach for their dreams no matter what obstacles are in their way. Strawberry Days Rodeo Committee and Pleasant Grove City, thank you so much for giving me this amazing opportunity!”
2nd Attendant: Sydney McManus
Sydney is the 21 year old daughter of Ted and Donna McManus, and lives in Heber City, Utah. Outside of rodeo and spending hours in the arena perfecting her horsemanship, Sydney enjoys spending her time with her family and friends. She loves tutoring young students in reading, volunteering in many schools throughout the Salt Lake Valley, skiing Deer Valley, running, hiking in the Wasatch Mountains and finding interior design inspiration.
Sydney will be a senior at the University of Utah this fall where she is majoring in Elementary Education. She strives to be a positive role model to our younger generations and hopes to make a positive impact on our youth and get children excited about learning.
“Sharing the western way of life and many traditions with the community of Pleasant Grove is an honor. With my passion for the sport of rodeo and pride in inspiring our youth, I hope to encourage memories that will last a lifetime all while enjoying the greatest sport on dirt, rodeo.”