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rodeo and pageant competitors, public and media relations specialists, marketers, communication and sales experts, writers, professors, entrepreneurs, and more.

We're here to help you learn and grow.  

 

Alexis Bennett - Founder

Alexis Bennett

Alexis found "queening" through her mom who thought it'd get her past her shyness. At nine, Alexis won her first title. She represented several other rodeos including, most notably, the Caldwell Night Rodeo. She was 1st Runner-Up and the speech and appearance category winner at the 2013 Miss Rodeo Idaho contest.

Alexis earned her B.A. in Literature from the College of Idaho where she was a member of the school's speech and debate team, and earned numerous speaking awards in NPDA debate and individual speaking events. 

Alexis is an experience writer, having worked as on-staff editor and now a freelance copywriter for publications and companies, such as the American Quarter Horse Association, Horse&Rider Magazine, American Cowboy Magazine, the NRHA ProTrainer, and Cashel.

She's eager to share her knowledge of communication and writing to help young women become writers and speakers who can achieve their pageant goals, and chase their dreams. 


Resources

Michelle Bennett | Public speaking: Impromptu, speech writing, Voice & emphasis

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Michelle Bennett, PhD, is department chair of Communications and Marketing at the College of Western Idaho, and communications faculty at CWI and Boise State University. Along with Rowing (pictured below), she played a crucial role in the formation of the nationally-decorated Forensics Teams. She's received numerous accolades from the Phi Theta Kappa organization, including the 2012 Derryberry Forensics Educator award 2013 Rising Star Award, and was named CWI Professor of the Year in 2011. 

She's served on numerous college-wide committees, supports student growth through development of Communication internship opportunities throughout the Treasure Valley, and volunteers as Chair of the Canyon County Friends of the Fair Foundation.

Bennett's involvement in the pageant community started with Pageant Director of the Miss Boise Scholarship Program. She's since coached numerous Miss Rodeo Idaho titleholders to prepare the MRA pageant, including Hali Stutzman, the 2016 MRA 2nd Runner-Up Dusti Olsen, 2018 MRA-contender Hunter Rackham, and 2018 lady-in-waiting, along with others in the Boise Treasure Valley. She presents annually at the Miss Rodeo Idaho clinic.

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Mark Galaviz | public speaking: Interviews, application

Mark Galaviz is a communications professor at the College of Western Idaho and serves as a coach on their speech and debate team (the fighting unicorns; hence, the stuffed animals).

He competed as a member of CWI’s team; earning numerous speaking and debate awards, contributing to two national collegiate titles, and earning himself full-ride scholarship to compete as a member of the nationally recognized speech and debate team at Boise State University.

As a multiple-time speech judge at the Caldwell Night Rodeo and a former Operations Director at large warehousing and transportation organizations, he’s developed a sharp eye for quality applications.

When not in the classroom, Galaviz enjoys exploration: of the outdoors, of old bookstores, and of literature around sociological criticism of narrative. 

 
 
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Johnny Rowing | Public speaking: Voice, inflection, interpretation

Johnny Rowing is an associate professor of communications and media arts at the College of Western Idaho.

He played an integral role in the development of the school's communication department and the competitive speech & debate team. Through his and others' efforts as both a coach and director, the speech & debate team has earned five of the last seven Division II National Collegiate Forensic championships, and finished reserved in the other two.

He's also coached numerous state-titleholder hopefuls to success, including 2018 Miss Rodeo Idaho Sydney Butler who won the contest's speech portion. 

When not coaching or teaching, Rowing enjoys playing music and spending time with his wife and daughters.