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May 21, 2014

County student joins national rodeo competition

VELMA — Eighth-grader Brodie Williams from Velma-Alma School  joined the Oklahoma Junior High rodeo team.

Williams will now travel to Des Moines, Iowa from June 22-28 where he will compete at the 10th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the team roping competition.

This competition invites about 1,000 competitiors from 42 states as well as Australia and some Canadian provinces. NJHFR is currently the largest junior high rodeo.

Competitors in NJHFR are eligible to win $75,000 in prizes as well as more than $100,000 in college scholarships. The title of National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion is also on the line.

To earn this name, competitors must finish in the top 20 to advance to the final round. This is based on combined scores and times from the first two rounds.

This year, the championship performance will air nationally. Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 23 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on each day until June 28. Live broadcasts will also be available at

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