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Desert Ridge senior shines as Gilbert Days Teen Rodeo Queen

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Gilbert Days Teen Rodeo Queen Amber Michne poses for a photo next to her horse

She’s risen from rodeo competitor to rodeo royalty. It’s been a long journey for Amber Michne, but one that she has truly enjoyed along the way. The Desert Ridge High School senior started riding horses at age six. By the time she turned 12, Michne started competing in rodeos.

“Most of the memories that I have with my sister are at rodeos,” she said.

Michne loves the western way of life, so it’s no surprise that she has really embraced her role as the Gilbert Days Teen Rodeo Queen. She travels the state representing the Gilbert Days Rodeo at other rodeos, parades, and festivals. At these events, she is able to share with hundreds of people the great things happening in Gilbert.

"As a Gilbert Public Schools student, being able to go and represent Gilbert and my school district is such a cool experience to have,” she said. 

Michne also enjoys making new friends. She says rodeos embody a sense of “togetherness.” She spends quite a bit of her time with other rodeo royalty. Michne says she will miss these connections the most when her reign is over. 

"I have made so many friends that I wouldn't have been able to meet if I never started doing rodeo,” she said.

While most rodeo royalty titles last a year, Michne had the unique opportunity to serve in her role for two years. She will likely pass on her title in the coming months. As for her future plans, Michne wants to attend Arizona State University after graduating from Desert Ridge High School. Her goal is to study engineering and explore her love of computer science. 

The Gilbert Days Rodeo is happening Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21.

To see all 39 Gilbert Public Schools including four high school marching bands, attend the historic Gilbert Days parade on Saturday, November 20. 

Written by Kailey Latham