Alexis Wagoner, 2016-2017 Brazoria County Fair Queen, rode in the Grand Entry at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 20 on Brazoria County Day at the Rodeo.
Grand Entry is the showy opening to each Rodeo-Houston performance. When the gate opens and show officials appear on horseback, the performance has officially begun.
The winding trail of horses, buggies, carriages, hay wagons and fire trucks, brings a colorful exhibition of show officials, dignitaries, sponsors, volunteers and special guests to Rodeo-Houston fans nightly.
For Wagoner, a senior at Robert Turner College and Career High School, it was an honor.
“I was so excited to be in the Grand Entry because I have grown up watching the rodeo and have shown livestock at HLSR since I was 8. It was a great way to end my senior year,” Wagoner said.
In school, Wagoner has been involved in FFA, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, and a Turner Ambassador. She was also elected and served as Class President.
“I’m also involved in community service throughout the city. Our FFA helps out at the local food pantry, visits the nursing home on Valentine’s Day, and adopts a family at Christmas time. While not in school I like to help with Vacation Bible School through First United Methodist Church in Pearland,” Wagoner said.
Wagoner grew up in Pearland.
After graduation she will be attending Texas Tech University, to be part of their dual degree program, which will lead to two undergraduate degrees — a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business.
“I have been around livestock my entire life, I started showing pigs when I was 8, which soon lead to me traveling all over the state of Texas with goats, steers, and heifers,” Wagoner said.
Through FFA Wagoner was involved in many Leadership development events including Creed Speaking, Chapter Conducting, Radio Broadcasting and Public Relations.
She is active in Livestock Judging and Senior Prepared Public Speaking. Through many hours of work she has earned the Lone Star Degree.
“Being an officer of our local chapter I was given an opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for Washington Leadership Conference which was one of the best experiences of my life,” Wagoner said.
Wagoner is the daughter of Marty and Stephanie Wagoner of Pearland.
Story by Karolyn Gephart