The newly crowned Miss Rodeo America 2014 speaks with Jason Hetland in the WNFR Media Room. Paige Nicholson was the reigning Miss Rodeo Mississippi before being crowned Miss Rodeo America earlier this week.
Jason: Ladies and gentlemen, Jason Hetland back here with your 2013 Wrangler National Final Rodeo Live with the Rodeo Roundup with your brand new 2014 Miss Rodeo America, Page Nicholson. Page, congratulations.
Page: Thank you so much, I’m so honored, so excited.
Jason: You know, pretty big shoes to fill from previous years even just like last year, Shannay doing a fantastic job being an ambassador to the sport.
Page: Absolutely. Shannay left a tall order for me to fill.
Jason: She sure did but you know what, I have a feeling you’re going to be great. Being Miss Rodeo Mississippi for the last year’s really got you ready for this but did anything ever get you ready for the demand and the grueling time schedule of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant?
Page: I was going to say the pageant itself is a test of how you’re going to do in your years as Miss Rodeo America because its only going to be the same from here; a lot of early mornings, a lot of interviews, a lot of rodeos, so I’m just really looking forward to it. But no, I don’t think there’s any way that you can prepare for that other than just to get ready for that grunt.
Jason: Fantastic and you know, when they said you’re the new Miss Rodeo America Page Nicholson, what was going through your mind at that time?
Page: I was just in disbelief. Its that moment that you dream about and you fantasize about and you’ve played it in your mind so many times but when it actually comes true, that feeling is absolutely indescribable.
Jason: Coming into the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, did you have a full time job? Were you a college student? What was your previous life and what is life going to be now for the next 365 days?
Page: Well I graduated from Mississippi State University in May and I had a summer internship which I was only at about half the time this summer because I spent a lot of time travelling, I was Miss Rodeo Mississippi, and then in September things really slowed down for me and I started my serious preparation for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. For about the last three months, this has been all that I’ve done, prepare for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant.
Jason: That’s fantastic. So many things happening and so many endorsements and things that are given to you in expectations. Are you ready?
Page: Absolutely. I cannot wait to get out there and represent our sponsors and meet them and do the work that I’ve been preparing to do for years.
Jason: Ladies and gentleman, Jason Hetland here with your brand new 2014 Miss Rodeo America, the beautiful and talented Page Nicholson.