Four vying for Whoop-Up Queen

What is a rodeo without a Queen?

The Conrad Lions Club 71st annual Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration has four Conrad High School seniors working to be the rodeo Queen.

The Pondera Tavern association sponsors the program in which the girls sell tickets and you could win two $250 prizes at the Rodeo, June 4-5.

The proceeds fund scholarships for all of the candidates as well as the DUI Taskforce’s Ride Home Safe program.

The four candidates this year include Courtney Anderson, Lexianna Arellano, Kelli Fagan and Amanda Lee.

This year the announcement and crowning of the Queen will take place between the shows of The Singing Sons of Beaches on June 2 at the Orpheum Theater/Wiegand Auditorium.

Courtney Anderson

05_courtneyAnderson is sponsored by the Branding Iron. She was on the Yell Squad, has been part of Project Pals for four years, in the Pep Band, played basketball for two years, tennis for three years, was a cheerleader, is in FCCLA and has been a student council member.

She has coached youth girls’ basketball and is a teacher for church school at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church and was a People to People Ambassador.

Anderson tells the I-O, “I plan on attending MSU-Billings College of Technology to study for a career as an X-ray technician.”

That course is 2-1/2 years and from there she plans to go on to Minot in North Dakota to specialize in the fields of MRI’s and Ultra-sound.


Lexianna Arellano

05_lexiArellano is sponsored by Ed’s Tavern. She was active in cheerleading, the Yell Squad and Project Pals and received a cheer captain pin.

She plans on attending UofM-Missoula to study pre-med sciences to prepare for medical school.

“I have always wanted to be a pediatrician and I am ecstatic that I am able to live my dream.”


Kelli Fagan

05_faganFagan is sponsored by the Pondera Golf Club.

During her career at CHS, she has been involved in FFA, softball, basketball and volleyball.

An avid sportsperson, she says her life will always consist of sports whether it’s watching or playing them. She also likes to go boating, walking, swimming and camping.

With a chuckle, Fagan says, “I also love shopping, but what woman doesn’t”

She plans to attend the MSU-College of Technology in Great Falls to obtain a degree in Respiratory Therapy. “I have watched loved ones suffer from an illness that affects their breathing and I want to help make their lives easier,” she said.


Amanda Lee

05_leeLee is sponsored by the Hi Way Tavern. She was a member of the Yell Squad and won awards for state and district choir.

“I like to spend time with family and friend. I’m a typical teen who loves overly loud music and being rowdy.”

She plans on attending the UofM-Missoula to major in business and minor in photography.

“Completing college is a major goal of mine and I plan to accomplish it,” she says.

Her post college plans are to start her own photography business in a big city.