Jenkins chosen 2010 ‘Girl’ aide

       Dayna Jenkins, the reigning El Paso County Fair Queen, was named the Aide to the Girl of the West in judging at the Norris-Penrose Event Center July 10.

Those who have been selected in the Girl of the West judging are (from left) Jessica Green (this year's aide), Dayna Jenkins (next year's aide) and April Biernat (this year's tiara-wearer).
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       The selection means the University of Northern Colorado broadcasting major, who grew up on an Ordway ranch, will join next year's Girl of the West (this year's aide) Jessica Green in May to promote the 2010 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
       Jenkins would then become Girl of the West in 2011.
       “I'm very grateful. This is truly wonderful,” she said afterward. “This has always been a dream of mine.” Noting that four other girls had applied for the unpaid title, she said, “I'm sure the decision wasn't easy.”
       According to contest information, judges choose a young woman who can ride a horse well, who generally represents “the western way of life and is the ideal type of western American young women.”
       Jenkins said her family runs a “third-generation cattle ranch” that sometimes was “real John Wayne.” Growing up, she was active in 4-H. Currently, she's studying sign language so she can serve as an interpreter for the deaf.
       The Girl of the West competition started in 1922. April Biernat wore this year's crown.

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