Local Student Qualifies to Compete at World’s Largest Rodeo

DENVER – Wyatt Wollert, a member of the Southeast All Stars High School Rodeo team who recently completed his freshman year at Wiley High School, has earned a position on the Colorado State National High School Rodeo team where he will compete in the boys cutting. During his rookie season, Wollert competed in the team roping, tie-down roping, and finished as the reserve state champion in the boys cutting. He will be traveling with fellow Southeast All Stars teammates Kelly Valdez from Swink, and Kodey Hoss from Cheraw to Gillette, Wyoming, July 16-22 where they will compete at the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR).

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 must finish in the top 20- based on their combined scores/times 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 High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com. 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 from 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.

To follow your local favorites at the NHSFR, visit NHSRA.com daily for complete results. For ticket information, visit www.cam-plex.com.

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