Hadley DeShazo, an eighth-grade student at Salem Junior High School, has earned a position on the Arkansas State Wrangler Junior High Rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, N.M., from June 30 through July 5 to compete at the fourth annual Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo (WJHFR).
DeShazo will compete in the calf roping, team roping, goat tying and ribbon roping competitions.
Featuring more than 1,000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces and Australia, the Wrangler Junior High Finals is the world's largest junior high rodeo.
In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in college scholarships, contestants have the chance to be named the Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion.
To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 15 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing on to the final championship performance on the rodeo's last day.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, WJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy nightly contestant dances, family-oriented activities sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and the chance to shop the WJHFR western tradeshow, as well as visit the historical attractions of New Mexico and nearby Arizona.
To follow DeShazo at the WJHFR, visit the Wrangler Division's Web site daily for complete results at www.nhsra.org.