TROY, Ala.—Troy University graduate Dakota Missildine was crowned Miss Rodeo USA on Jan. 17 during the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, OK. Missildine is the 44th recipient of the honor.
Missildine, who earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 2009 and formerly served as a team captain for the TROY Women’s Rodeo Team, competed under the title of Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo. The 22-year-old Missildine is the daughter of Pam and Todd Missildine of Grady.
In addition to the overall title, Missildine earned the Horsemanship, Speech and Photogenic awards.
“It is an amazing honor to be Miss Rodeo USA and realize that I've achieved something that I've worked essentially my entire life for,” Missildine said. “It really is a dream come true.”
As a member of the TROY rodeo team, Missildine competed in breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing and was a member of the 3.0 GPA Athlete Club, Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a sports anchor for TrojanVision News, a student-led newscast on the University’s campus television station.
“My time spent at Troy University has helped shape me into the person I am today,” Missildine said. “The skills I've obtained from serving on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, adding to class room discussions, being a sports anchor for Trojan Vision News, competing on the rodeo team and being team captain have all benefited me in other areas of my life and made me a well rounded individual. My professors in the journalism and business departments along with my rodeo team members, coach and the athletic department have always supported my dream to become Miss Rodeo USA. This supportive group of people has helped build the strong foundation upon which I've based my new journey as Miss Rodeo USA.”