Lake area students to represent Missouri at the world's largest rodeo

A group of four lake area students will showcase their skills when they compete in the upcoming National High School Finals Rodeo.

Lake Christian Academy senior Wyatt Calvert, Camdenton junior Garrett Golliher, Camdenton junior Mackenzie Moore and Camdenton freshman Hannah Moore have earned positions on the Missouri National High School rodeo team and will travel with fellow teammates to compete in various competitions at the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) from July 16 to the 22nd in Gillette, Wyo.

Calvert will compete in the bull riding and bronc riding competitions, Golliher will take on saddle bronc riding and both Moores will go to battle in the cutting competition.

Featuring more than 1,750 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion.

To earn this title, contestants mush finish in the top 20- based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds- to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at Performance times are 7 p.m., on July 16, and 9 a.m., and 7 p.m., each day thereafter.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.

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