Biem crowned as Frontier Days Ambassador

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Madison Harty Biem was formally crowned as the Frontier Days/Centennial Youth Ambassador for 2014 at the Swift Current Women's Trade Show on Saturday.

Biem will serve as the youth ambassador for Frontier Days plus the Centennial Homecoming in June, reviving a tradition which dates back to the early years of Frontier Days when a Rodeo Queen or Miss Frontier Days was crowned. As the Frontier Days 2014 Ambassador she will be appearing at a variety of community events leading up to the Frontier Days and Homecoming Weekend on June 26 to 29.

"I'm just so proud I can be here for the Centennial and serve as Ambassador. It just feels so amazing that they picked me over everybody else to represent the Centennial Year. It's huge. It puts a weight on my shoulders, but I'm excited for it," Biem said shortly after Saturday's crowning ceremony.

She admits she was prompted to apply for the position because of her outgoing nature.

"Right away it just kind of sparked my interest that maybe I would want to do it. When I ended up going they told me of all the amazing things that we'd get to do, I just thought it would be such a good opportunity."

The Grade 12 student is involved in the school as a member of the Drama Department, she plays flute in the SCCHS Wind Orchestra, plus she is a member of the Spirit Committee. Biem is also a member of the Swift Current Barracuda Swim Club, she works at the Aquatic Centre, plus she volunteers for various community groups including the Swift Current SPCA.

Biem will be one of the students participating in the SCCHS 5 Days For Change fundraiser later this month where a total of 15 students will be attending classes by day and enduring homeless conditions by night.

"Lately I've been trying to work with Five Days For Change, trying to get a Youth Homeless Shelter built here. So I'm very passionate about that right now," she said.

With Frontier Days only six weeks away, Biem is looking forward to the best Swift Current celebration ever.

"There's so much excitement going on around there. I'm looking forward to just being able to go to all of the events and just meet all those people and invite everyone down to Frontier Days."

As she has prepared for her Ambassador duties, she is also learning more than just a stereotypical impression of the community.

"There's so much stuff that happens in our community that we don't even know about. Like our Women's Tradeshow today, it's such an amazing event with a great set up."

Biem is now the latest in a long list of Frontier Days representatives. Sybil Empey from Elrose was the first queen of the July 1 Rodeo in 1937. The inaugural edition of Frontier Days in 1938 featured Queen Margaret Rutherford. In 1942, a total of 10 girls competed for the honour of Queen of the Rodeo.

Groups or organizations interested in having Biem attend any of their upcoming events can contact the Swift Current Ag and Ex office at 306-773-2944.

Organizations: Swift Current Ag and Ex

Geographic location: Swift Current

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