A young woman from Newton County is the new Miss Rodeo America.
Paige Nicholson, the reigning Miss Rodeo Mississippi, was crowned Miss Rodeo America Monday in Las Vegas.
The contestants were judged on personality and appearance, horsemanship and rodeo knowledge, interview, poise and professionalism.
The recent Mississippi State University graduate is a former Miss Maroon and White at MSU, and plans to attend law school.
Nicholson is the daughter of Ronny and Denise Nicholson of Lawrence.