Ephrata, Washington is home to Emma Gunderson, where she lives with her parents, Jason and Jenny Gunderson and her sisters, Hannah and Ruby. Emma is a 2016 graduate of Ephrata High School. She is attending Big Bend Community College to obtain her Associates of Arts Degree and then plans transfer to Washington State University – Tri-Cities to study in the area of Viticulture and Enology.
Emma enjoys training and competing with her horse, Hank. She is an active member of the 4-H group, the White Trail Riders, where she has held many positions in office and participated in various community service projects. Most recently, Emma and the other members collected food for the local food bank. Emma just completed her third year competing at the State level in Puyallup.
When Emma is not working with her horse, you can find her employed as a barista at Brewed Bliss in Ephrata, or baling hay for a local farmer. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as her additional horse, Cisco.
Prior to graduating from high school, Emma was involved with the Ephrata High School Cheer Squad, ASB, Choir, the Smokiam WAHSET team, and National Honor Society. She also worked as a camp counselor at OMNY (Outreaching Ministry to Neighborhood Youth) for 4 summers, working with local children in the community.
Emma had the privilege of being crowned as the 2015 Miss Colorama Rodeo, traveling around the state representing the Ridge Riders and the Colorama Rodeo in Grand Coulee at other rodeos and parades. “It is such a fulfilling experience to be a representative of a rodeo in our area. I enjoy being a role model for the youth who look up to rodeo royalty and understand the importance of having a positive impact on my community.”
As a rodeo queen, the following quote resonated with Emma, “Remember the crown that sits upon your head sits there not as a symbol of royalty that might denote one who is to be served, but it sits there as a symbol of one who gives herself, voluntarily, for the benefit of those by whose name she is called.” -Unknown