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On Feb. 26 Shalaina Joiner of Clatskanie was officially crowned as 2011 Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo Association at a coronation dinner held at the Village Inn banquet hall in St. Helens.

Northwest rodeo royalty, NPRA directors, family and friends participated in an enjoyable evening with a dinner, Mr. NPRA 'pageant,' line dancing by 50/50 Class Act and silent and live auctions, culminating in the crowning ceremonies and a surprise presentation of a custom-made trophy saddle created by Outlaw Saddles.

Joiner is the daughter of Troy and Karen Joiner and KaCee Joiner. She is a graduate of Mark Morris High School where she competed on the volleyball and softball teams, was a member of the school newspaper staff and mentored lower classmen in the LINK mentor program.

She currently is a senior at Washington State University and will be graduating with her bachelor's degree in personnel psychology and human resources. Joiner has proudly held two titles. She represented the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo as their 2007 Princess and the Tillamook County Rodeo as their 2008 Queen.

Joiner is employed by L and J Feed of Longview, Wash. When she is not working, in class or at a rodeo, you can always find her on her family's ranch riding and training horses and enjoying the outdoors. Her parents bought her first horse when she was just 3 years old.

Joiner says that she wanted to be 2011 Miss NPRA because, 'Rodeo helps preserve our history and the traditional American values of respect, integrity and resiliency. As an ambassador and role model of the association, Miss NPRA epitomizes these values, working diligently to promote our western heritage. I am honored to represent the Northwest and keep the cowboy spirit alive.'

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