GRANGEVILLE “This has definitely been an experience I never want to forget,” said Maggie Chmelik of Grangeville. “Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it teaches you not only responsibility, but also how to be organized.”
Chmelik has served as the 2016 Border Days Queen. She is the daughter of Joe and the late Julie Chmelik and will be a senior at Grangeville High School.
“I’ve had a blast and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Chmelik said. “The traveling, the shopping, scrapbooking – so many memories were made, even it was changing in less than two minutes in a little car or going through a wet and rainy parade or a freezing cold winter parade!”
Chmelik has two older sisters, Abigail, 20, and Jolene, 18, and one younger sister, Rachel – known as “Gus” by most people – who is 14. She is a member of the Fenn Livestock 4-H Club where she serves as secretary and has been a member of Triple Bar Drill Team for six years. She served one year as princess for Triple Bar. At school she has participated in track and field, HOSA and FFA.
“Being Border Days queen has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl,” Chmelik said. “I always admired the queen on her pretty horse, all dressed up, and I wanted to be that girl and I cannot believe I am now that girl.”
“I hope that other little girls look up to me the way I looked up to past royalty, and I hope those little girls have the chance to do this and represent Border Days one day,” she added.
Chmelik said she is actually a very shy person, “but once you get to know me, I’m not,” she said.
“Being royalty brought me out of my comfort zone and I’m so happy I was able to do it, especially for that reason,” she said.
Following graduation from high school next year, Chmelik plans to attend nursing school and become an RN. Currently, she is employed as a server at Hilltop Restaurant and Grangeville Country Club.
Chmelik is sponsored in part by Mountain View Dentistry, Irwin Drug, Super 8 Motel and a group of other supportive community individuals and businesses.
“I encourage all young girls to participate in royalty if they can because it is fun and teaches you a lot and also gives you the opportunity to represent something great – Grangeville’s Border Days Rodeo and events!” she said.
Chmelik’s favorite part of Border Days is the team roping event at the rodeo and her favorite Border Days food is Shiznits Concessions.