Rodeo Committees, Stock Contractors, Sponsors, etc interested in booking Miss UPRA
contact UPRA Queen Director Linda Chase at 903.850.7247
Hello, I am Jocee Neal. I am the twenty-year-old daughter of Brad and DíLaine Neal of Scroggins, Tx. I am currently a sophomore at Northeast Texas Community College where I am obtaining my basic studies with hopes of attending Stephen F. Austin State University to further my education. I plan to obtain a degree in agricultural education/communications. This will allow me to continue to impact lives by teaching students and showing them how to become future leaders.
As a past rodeo queen, I realize the importance of representing an association. I strive to make myself approachable and respected. My goal is to impact the lives of others and promote the sport of rodeo and the western way of life. As the new Miss UPRA I will be able to achieve these goals with the greatest of ease.
In 2015 I ran for Miss UPRA for the first time. I put in endless hours of practice and gave my all during competition but still ended up placing as first runner up. Needless to say, I was heartbroken and had decided to throw in the towel. My childhood dream of becoming Miss UPRA had been shattered. After the sting of losing began to wear off I started to realize that maybe there was a little more try left down deep inside of me. With encouragement from some really special people I decided to give it one more try. I didnít realize that I could work harder to prepare than I did the first time, but I did. I didnít realize that I could put more heart into competition than I did before, but I did. I am a living example of what hard work and determination can help someone achieve. I felt as if I were living in a dream when I heard my name announced as the 2017 Miss UPRA.
Since receiving my title, I have hit the ground running. I have participated in numerous Christmas parades riding in the back of my grandpaís 1982 model Ford truck. The city of Bogota and the Mt. Pleasant Rodeo Association invited me to ride in their local Christmas parade as well. To give back to the community, I have adopted an angel from a local angel tree and have rang the bell for the Salvation Army. Community service is very important to me because it shows that being a queen is not just about smiling and waving. It shows that we are willing to use our position to help others and reach out to different walks of life.
My goals for this year are big, but I feel up to the challenge. I plan to attend rodeos in all eight states that have UPRA sanctioned rodeos. This will allow me to come into contact with many new people and make many new friends. I hope to encourage many other girls to compete for this title. For many, like myself, itís a lifelong dream to become Miss UPRA, we just need a little encouragement. I hope to be that encouragement and that little flame that can ignite a fire in someone elseís life. I will have my first shot at this goal as I attend all five of the Kick-Off series membership rodeos. Hope to see you all on the rodeo trail.
ďAll your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue themĒ --- Walt Disney
Miss UPRA 2017