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NEO Rodeo awarded three scholarships at the 13th annual Alumni Recruitment Rodeo during the fall 2022 season.

Lucas Peterson of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, was the high point winner and received a $5,000 tuition scholarship. Zoey Tunks and Payton Dingman were the recipients of two $500 book scholarships.

“The 13th annual Alumni Recruitment Rodeo was another huge success,” said NEO Rodeo coach Kolby Ungeheuer. “It is great to see the alumni come back and support this event and have incredible high school students from all over the country competing alongside them.”

The day began with long rounds in several events, and the top six competitors in the high school and alumni divisions made the short round, which started at 7 p.m. Students in NEO Agriculture programs worked concessions, prepared the arena, and operated gates.

Ungeheuer said, “The event gets bigger and better each year because of the tremendous support and hard work from alumni, students, administration, and many volunteers from the community. I can’t thank them enough, and we look forward to another great event in 2023.”

Results from the 13th annual Alumni Recruitment Rodeo

Bareback Riding

  • High School Champion: NA
  • Alumni Champion: Maverick Griffin – Kansas City, Missouri

Saddle Bronc Riding

  • High School Champion: NA
  • Alumni Champion: Conner Coker – Chelsea, Oklahoma

Tie Down Roping

  • High School Champion: Riley O’Rourke – Skiatook, Oklahoma
  • Alumni Champion: Ross McGuire – Warner, Oklahoma

Breakaway Roping

  • High School Champion: Zoey Tunks – King City, Missouri
  • Alumni Champion: Jackie White – Girard, Kansas

Steer Wrestling

  • High School Champion: Nathan Duvall – Henryetta, Oklahoma
  • Alumni Champion: Mason Couch – Fort Scott, Kansas

Goat Tying

  • High School Champion: Lauren Weiler – Lebanon, Missouri
  • Alumni Champion: Jessie Ishmael – Miami, Oklahoma

Team Roping

  • High School Champion: Carson Coffelt – Ponce Deleon, Missouri and Lucas Peterson – Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
  • Alumni Champion: Casey Hicks – Talala, Oklahoma and Gralyn Elkins –Wagoner, Oklahoma

Barrel Racing

  • High School Champion: Sydney Herrin – Fort Scott, Kansas
  • Alumni Champion: Emma Charleston – Reeds, Missouri

Bull Riding

  • High School Champion: Ronnie Huckaby – Grove, Oklahoma
  • Alumni Champion: Logan Robran – Kansas, Oklahoma

Pictured: Lucas Peterson and Kolby Ungeheuer.

For more information, please contact the NEO Rodeo coach Kolby Ungeheuer at kolby.ungeheuer@neo.edu or 918-540-6480.


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