Jack Graham, a junior at Lakeview High School, recently qualified for the Oregon National High School Rodeo team and will compete at the 66th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 13-19.
Graham, who also plays for the LHS varsity baseball team, qualified for the tie down roping and cutting competitions during the regional rodeo located in Prineville, held June 11-14.
Graham was the only high school student from Lake County that qualified for the team, and will join other high school talents from around the state to represent Oregon at the weeklong national competition.
A similar competition for junior high students was already held June 22-28 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo, featuring over 1,500 competitors from 42 states as well as Canada and Australia. At stake is over $200,000 in prizes as well as in excess of $350,000 in college scholarships available to the top finishers at the event.
In order to qualify for the final round of competition at the National High School Finals Rodeo, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on combined scores and times in the first two rounds. Final ranking to determine national champions will be based on combined scores across the three rounds.
The championship round of the National High School Finals Rodeo will be televised on Saturday, July 19 as part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast on RFD-TV. It will also be available to watch via livestreaming online at www.NHSRATV.com.