Casey Alden, a ninth-grade student at Gallatin High School has earned a position on the Missouri state high school rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Springfield, Ill., from July 22-28, 2007, to compete at the 59th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the steer wrestling competition.

Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 40 states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for over $200,000 in prizes, rodeo contestants will also be vying for more than $325,000 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 Saturday night’s final championship performance. Casey is also a candidate for the office of NHSRA student vice-president with elections to be held on Saturday, July 28.