2020-2021 Miss Rodeo Alaska
Kelsy Jo Konkright
Kelsy Jo Konkright, from Anchorage, Alaska, is proud to represent the Last Frontier as Miss Rodeo Alaska 2020-2021!
Originally from Washington State, Kelsy moved to Alaska in 2013 to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage and compete for their NCAA Division 1 Gymnastics Team. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences, then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Geoscience from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2019, while also teaching geology courses there. Since graduating, Kelsy has returned to her adopted home state of Alaska and is so glad to be back!
Kelsy grew up trail riding in the mountains, and attending and competing in equestrian events and rodeos. She has competed in performance, cattle, and timed events with her horses and ponies all her life. At age 8, she began participating in 4-H equestrian events and public speaking, representing her county at the state level each year. She also helped found the Washington High School Equestrian Team at her high school during her Junior year, qualifying for state finals and lettering both years that she was able to compete. Kelsy continues to assist younger members with their horsemanship and personal skills.
While attending college in Alaska, Kelsy was reintroduced to the sport of rodeo and fell in love with it while volunteering with Rodeo Alaska. Her love for rodeo was further fueled while attending graduate school at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she got to experience, first hand, all of the rodeo related events the city hosts, such as the WNFR, Cowboy Christmas, and PBR World Finals.
Kelsy loves to be outdoors and hopes to begin a career with the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, or Department of Natural Resources to help preserve recreational lands, and eventually transition back to an educational capacity, teaching geology and introducing others to the physical study of the natural world.
Kelsy is thrilled to represent rodeo throughout the state of Alaska and beyond. She believes it is incredibly important to provide a strong role model for young women and girls in the community, in addition to increasing interest in rodeo and promoting rodeo heritage and the western way of life. Your sponsorship will help her continue to learn and grow, and give back to the rodeo community.