Lincoln’s Linke takes over as District 3’s Rodeo Queen
Lincoln High School’s Corrine Linke was selected as California High School Rodeo Association District 3’s Rodeo Queen for 2013-14. Linke was officially crowned last Sunday.
A sophomore this year, Linke will assume the duties of queen as this year’s monarch Tay Creeks prepares to graduate and move on to college rodeo. Linke said she is pleased to be picking up where Creeks will soon leave off.
“I’m looking forward to this year being queen,” Linke said. “I hope everyone has a great year and I hope that we get a bunch of new kids here at rodeo.”
Part of Linke’s duties will be to promote high school rodeo, which offers students some outstanding prizes, including thousands of dollars in scholarship money. Linke also participates in pole bending, barrel racing and goat tying.
Creeks hopes to make it to the state championships where her high school career will end. However, she is planning to continue rodeo in college and has competed in pole bending and barrel racing as well.
Creeks plans to study equine science and horse training at Fear River College in Quincy. After two years there, she plans to transfer to Yuba College to study veterinarian technology for both large and small animals.
“I’ve had this plan since I was a little girl,” the Golden Sierra High senior said. “I always knew what I wanted to do.”
Creeks said she hopes to start her own business one day helping children with Down’s syndrome and autism through horsemanship training.
“Some of the most memorable moments I’m going to reflect on are all the special rodeos I’ve helped and just seeing the smiles on those kid’s faces,” Creeks said recalling all the little girls who would come up to her and ask if they could wear her crown. “Just knowing I have that ability to make a difference in not only the rodeo but in the community.”
Linke is also a swimmer and was one of the athletes who helped establish the Lincoln High swimming program. Her favorite subjects in school are English and history.
Linke said she used to watch the rodeo queens over the years and was drawn to the idea of becoming one. She liked the idea of promoting a sport she loves and making an even bigger impact on her community.
“I’m looking forward so much to being the queen to help create all these events that are going to help rodeo and encourage kids to come join rodeo” Linke said.
Creeks’ advice to Linke was to learn to love the rodeo secretary. Creeks said the secretary was always a friend to her and helped her no matter what the challenge. She said the important thing was to have fun and enjoy the experience.
“I’ve been able to branch out and meet people in high school rodeo I didn’t even know existed before I ran” said Creeks, who added she was Linke’s age when she decided to compete for rodeo queen. “And just the experience of what you’re going to be able to go through as rodeo queen this next year.”
After Creeks crowned Linke, the new queen took her first ride around Lincoln Arena; a job she will perform many times next year.