Tyler Saito, a Parker School 10th-grader, earned a position on the Hawaii State high school rodeo team and traveled with 10 fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyoming, July 18-24 to compete at the 62nd Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the boys cutting competition.
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 $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants vied 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 the final championship performance.
Tyler finished in the top 20 in boys cutting, advanced to the championship performance and came in 13th overall in a field of more than 100 boy cutters.
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 nightly contestant dances, participate in a talent contest, compete in a NRA rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition, have the chance to shop the ever-popular NHSFR western tradeshow, and visit the historical attraction of the “Cowboy State.”