Kodee Ross, an eighth grade student at Vienna Grade School, has earned a position on the Illinois National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Des Moines, Iowa, June 22 through 28, to compete at the 10th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the break-away roping and light rifle competitions.
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20, based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds, to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. Nationals champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
Kodee also competed in the National Junior High Finals last year as a seventh grader in Gallup, New Mexico.
To follow Kodee Ross at the NJHFR, visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results.