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Rodeo Queen

Notre Dame Magazine


It takes less than a minute of talking with Katherine Merck ’12 to realize that she shatters nearly every stereotype of a beauty pageant queen — except the stunning good looks one.

Crowned Miss Rodeo America 2016, the Gonzaga University law student is probably the only rodeo queen — or pageant queen of any kind — to have practiced her state pageant speech before Supreme Court justices. “It was an oral argument on the superior attributes of the state of Washington,” she says with a dimpled grin.

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Katherine Merck

An advocate of the Western way of life and agricultural industry in all aspects of her life, Katherine Merck is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and cowgirl who is dedicated to uplifting others through her motto, Kindness Matters. 

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