Chino Valley's Flick crowned 2012 Rodeo Queen
PRESCOTT - The 2012 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Queen and Court were announced Monday afternoon in a coronation ceremony held at the Rodeo Arena.
Unlike past years, this time around, the selection committee's choices for Queen, First Runner-up, Senior Court, and Junior Court were kept a mystery until the ceremony.
"Traditionally, it was done like that (kept secret until the public announcement), but then it changed in the last few years," said Kay Miles, royalty chairperson. "We wanted to bring it back."
Savannah Flick, an 18-year-old from Chino Valley, was picked to be the 2012 Queen. Unlike some other major rodeos, this rodeo chooses royalty a year in advance, so the rodeo itself is the culmination of her reign.
Flick, who was the Senior Court for 2011, was thrilled to be chosen from the field of six contestants to be Queen.
"It means so much, I have so much to look forward to, because this next year is going to be Arizona's centennial," she said. "So we're going to try to do huge things and really make an impact."
"It is a big responsibility" representing the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo, she said. "But we can handle it."
She's more than just a pretty face; her family operates a cattle ranch in Chino Valley. "We push cattle all the time, and brand them and tie them, and all sorts of stuff," she said.
First-runner up was Andrea Jo Apolinar from Chino Valley High School. A cheerleader and FFA member, she plans to work toward a career as a chiropractor for horses and humans.
"Chino has a lot of ranches, and they have a lot of support for the western way of life and the equestrian lifestyle," said Miles, noting that several of the contestants were from Chino Valley.
The royalty has a very heavy travel schedule, Miles noted.
"They will be visiting rodeos throughout the state, and pageants around the state," Miles said. "They do a great many community service projects. They are very busy, and that's why they have to be exceptional."
Senior Court for 2012 is Karissa Garcia, 15. She's from Bagdad High School, where she's a cheerleader and on the softball team.
"It feels amazing," she said. "It means a lot to me. I get to be a good role model."
She's ridden horses since she was 7, and now "it's my life," she said.
Chosen for 2012 Junior Court was Bailey Anderson, 13. At Granite Mountain Middle School, Anderson is active in track and volleyball.
"We have to represent our rodeo and explain what its all about," she said.
"I love it. My sisters have done this, and I always watched them," Anderson said. "I wanted to follow in their footsteps, and now I have."
"I had a wonderful group of girls that all just gave 100 percent. It was a close race and I hope they come back and try again," Miles said.