Local youths competing at NHSFR

From Press Reports

Laura Beth Kolb and Corrine Jackson earned positions on the Mississippi high school rodeo team and are competing with fellow teammates at the 64th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., in the poles and breakaway roping competitions, respectively.

The rodeo began July 15 and concludes July 21.

Laura Beth, an 11th-grade student at East Webster High School, is the daughter of Ronnie and Lynn Kolb of Maben. She is the granddaughter of Howard and Polly Shurden of Mathiston and Lamar and Sudie Kolb of Maben.

Corrine, a 2012 graduate of Starkville Academy, is the daughter of Drs. Gary and Nancy Jackson of Eupora.

Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants are also competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two Go-Rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night’s final championship performance.

One can catch all of the NHSFA action live via iHigh.com on its audio webcast.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to represent their team in a volleyball tournament, enjoy night contestant dances, participate in a talent contest, compete in an NRA rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition, have the chance to shop the NHSFR western tradeshow and visit the historical attractions of the Cowboy State.

To follow local favorites at the NHSFR, visit the National High School Rodeo Association’s web site daily for complete results at www.nhrsa.org.