Princess Kaleigh Waggoner is the 18 year old daughter of Allen and Rebeca Waggoner of Pilot Rock, Oregon. She is currently seeking a nursing degree at George Fox University with a Presidential Scholarship Award. She graduated from Pendleton High School last spring, while simultaneously attending Blue Mountain Community College. Her 4.34 weighted High School GPA is backed up with numerous accolades including National Honor Society, PHS Citizenship Cup, FFA Chapter President (and secretary), ASTRA Secretary, Link Crew Leader, Foreign Language Club Vice President, BMCC’s Dean’s List and more.
Kaleigh is a dedicated volunteer to a long list of recipients including, Pendleton First Assembly of God, several local elementary school activities, PAWS, Altrusa Christmas Bazaar, Coats for Kids, and student tutoring.
In addition she has volunteered for the Pendleton Round-Up working souvenir booths, annual work parties, and has been a parade pennant bearer since she was five years old, “Each time I placed the flag into my flag boot, I realized what an honor it was to preserve the heritage and tradition of the rodeo so important to my family and me.”
Waggoner’s great-great grandfather R.W. Fletcher started the Round-Up Cowboy Mounted Band in 1910; her great-grandfather R.A. (Bob) Fletcher served many years as Chute Boss and was the 1987 Westward Ho! Parade Grand Marshal; her grandfather Robin Fletcher volunteered over 60 years and served on the Round-Up Board of Directors; all three of these patriarchs have been inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. Her Father Allen is a past Happy Canyon Show Director and her mother Rebecca just published a book telling the Happy Canyon story from its inception in 1916. “I grew up watching my whole family serve the Round-Up,” said Kaleigh, “I have been taught that it is an honor and privilege to serve Round-Up and teach others about living an honest lifestyle and giving of yourself.”