Miss Rodeo Nevada 2002
Melissa Cook is a 21 year old junior at the University of Nevada Reno who was born and raised in Sparks, Nevada. Majoring in spanish and nutrition, she hopes to one day combine her interests in sports medicine and nutrition to counsel athletes to increase their performance and stay healthy.
Melissa won her state title in April 2002 and this past December she represented the State of Nevada in the Miss Rodeo America pageant – held in Las Vegas prior to the start of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
At The Miss Rodeo America Pageant, not only was she a TOP 10 FINALIST but Melissa was also the recipient of the Western Regional Scholarship. This $1,000 educational scholarship was awarded to her because she accumulated more points during the pageant than any other state in the Western Region, yet was not a top 5 finisher.
This past year Melissa has traveled the West representing her home state of Nevada at major rodeos and events – including the Cheyenne Frontier Days, the PRCA Hall of Fame Induction’s and the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City.
Melissa speaks fluent Spanish, and after graduating from Reed High School in 1999, she spent a year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Melissa will crown her successor – Miss Rodeo Nevada 2003 – in just a few weeks at the annual pageant held in conjunction with the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale, Nevada.