Jessica Strodtman will go to national rodeo

This article submitted on 7/14/99.

Jessica Strodtman, a recent graduate of Paynesville Area High School, has earned a position on the Minnesota high school rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyoming, from Aug. 19-25 to compete at the 51st Annual National High School Finals Rodeo. She will compete in the pole bending and cow cutting competitions.

Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 38 states and four Canadian Provinces, the National High School Finals is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for over $70,000 in prizes, contestants will also be vying for more than $150,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo Champion. To earn that title, contestants must be in the top twenty after two rounds of each event. The Sunday championship performance this year will be televised nationally on TNN on Aug. 15 at 1 p.m.

In addition to the rodeo, contestants will meet new friends, play in a volleyball tournament, participate in a downtown parade, enjoy nightly dances, shop at a trade show, and visit tourist attractions like Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Tetons.

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