Athena woman to lead 2010 Pendleton Round-Up royalty

Cheyenne Williams, a 2007 graduate of Weston-McEwen High School, was a Round-Up princess in 2008Cheyenne Williams, a 2007 graduate of Weston-McEwen High School, was a Round-Up princess in 2008.

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PENDLETON -- An Athena woman, Cheyenne Williams, has been named to lead the 2010 Pendleton Round-Up royalty, event officials announced today.

Williams, who will be queen of the Round-Up court, is one of five women chosen to serve as the Round-Up standard bearers. Serving as princesses will be Paige Bailey of Joseph, Alexandria Featherstone of Pendleton, Nancy Platt of Pendleton and Kelsey Wrightson of Hermiston.

In a release, Round-Up President Randy Severe said rodeo officials were "very pleased to introduce this very talented group of young women who will beautifully portray the image of our centennial celebration. Their own family histories and traditions have mixed well with Round-Up and our greater Eastern Oregon community for many years."

Williams, 21, is the daughter of Larry and Julie Williams of Athena and was a Round-Up princess in 2008. She graduated in 2007 from Weston-McEwen High School and is studying agriculture business at the University of Idaho.

While in high school, Williams was named as an All-American scholar and received awards for academic excellence, chemistry, pre-calculus and health. She also competed in volleyball, basketball and softball and was a member of the school's rodeo team in addition to numerous riding clubs.

Her family's history with the Round-Up dates back 85 years, said Carl Culham, Round-Up publicity director. Her grandfathers, John Williams and Quentin Rugg, were members of the Round-Up board of directors and her great aunt, Mildred Rogers, was the 1925 queen. Her grandmother, Joan Barnett Rugg was 1949 queen and her mother was queen in 1976. Several aunts and cousins have also served on the court.

Bailey is the daughter of John and Cindy Bailey of Joseph. A 2009 graduate of Joseph High School, she is attending Oregon State University where she's majoring in pre-therapy.

In high school, she was the class valedictorian with a 4.0 grade point average and received numerous student of excellence awards. Also active in sports she was on the 1A state champion basketball team and was selected her junior and senior years for the all-state first team.

Active in FFA, she won several awards including the 2009 Reserve Grand Champion All-Around Showman and Swine Showman, was the 2007 all-around champion cowgirl in junior rodeo and has also won many horse show awards.

Featherstone is the daughter of Barry and Maryl Featherstone of Pendleton. She graduated in 2008 from Pendleton High School and is majoring in political science at Willamette University.

At PHS she received the Lantern Cup and the Citizenship Cup. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars, Spanish Club and Key Club. She also played tennis. In college she's a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also serving an internship at the state capitol in Salem.

Platt is the daughter of Jeanne Reeve of Pendleton and Wayne Platt Jr. of Pilot Rock. She graduated in 2008 from Pendleton High School and is studying animal science at Oregon State University.

In high school, she played softball in addition to being active in Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H and FFA.She was on the honor roll and the equestrian team and in FFA she won several honors including the green hand award and the high grade point average award.

Wrightson is the daughter of Scott and Katrina Wrightson of Hermiston. She graduated in 2008 from Hermiston High School and is majoring in agriculture business at Blue Mountain Community College.

While in high school, she was active in FFA and high school rodeo. She also participated in school leadership contests and public speaking competitions. She was the rodeo club's president in 2007. She also competed at the Umatilla County Fair winning awards for showing hogs. At BMCC she has been named to both the president's list and the dean's list.

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