Geraldine seventh-grader qualifies for rodeo finals

Geraldine seventh-grader Joanna Hammett qualified to compete at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo.

Hammett qualified by finishing in the top four in the goat tying and ribbon roping events at the Alabama State Finals, which were held in Troy. Her partner for the ribbon roping is Colby Dodson. She will compete in the same events against nearly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia.

Hammett plays volleyball, basketball and is a member of the Junior Beta Club at Geraldine. She is also a recruited volunteer for the child advocacy center.

The Finals Rodeo will be held from June 19-25 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Contestants will compete for over $75,000 in prizes and over $100,000 in scholarships along with the chance to be named a national champion.

The junior high division was created in 2004 to bring the excitement of the sport to younger participants and to serve as a feeder system into the high school ranks.

The National High School Rodeo Association governs competitions for the nine months out of each year they are in season. Their goal is to prepare kids to be the future of the professional rodeo circuit. They aim to instill good qualities into their contestants such as good sportsmanship, athleticism and promoting an interest in fun competition.

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