Celina Trotter of Juda, WI was the recipient of a Calzavara Memorial Rodeo Scholarship. The 21 yr old knew she wanted to be a cowgirl from the age of 8. She has been obsessed with horses and going fast her entire life. This talented team roper, breakaway roper and barrel racer was raised in a rodeo family and she competes in the Team Roping with both her mom and dad.
A Radiography major studying at Blackhawk Technical College Celina has set some pretty awesome goals for herself, including being the first female team roper to compete at the NFR.
Besides carrying a full course load, Celina has a part time job, carries a 3.3 grade point average and finds time for her family and horses as well as constant rodeo practice. This ambitious young lady believes that “rodeo pushes us to be our best and tests our limits. It teaches us respect for for others and for our animals. A lot of people dream of becoming a cowgirl, but only a few succeed. I am glad to say that I was the one that pushed past my bad days and overcame defeat.”
This dynamic young lady has competed at most of the Big Hat Rodeo Co.Tour events the past couple of years and is honored to have presented the American flag at several. Celina said “Rodeo literally means the world to me”. We are betting that with her outstanding work ethic, talent, outgoing personality and perseverance, her lofty life goals are within her reach and she will be a great asset to her family, rodeo and her profession. Congratulations & Best Wishes Celina!
When it was time to pick another scholarship winner we found ourselves with a tie. Two bright and very accomplished young ladies were at the top of the list. Both of the applications were filled with great references, essays, photos and their grades were phenomenal. We could not choose a winner so we left it up to the girls. We called both, without telling them the other girls reaction and they both said “split it”. Another great example of generosity and sportsmanship.
Hailey Bruening is from Huntsville, TX and is attending TX A & M University, majoring in Business Management. Her goals include tackling a leadership role in a major corporation within 5 years. She is planning on getting her MBA in Business Management and opening a local feed store. Her reference letters came from coaches and teachers who had worked with since she was 7 and every one cited her as leaving a lasting impression of a determined, har working, joyful and conscientious. Hailey had this to say about her life in and out of the rodeo arena, ” I know that either I win or I learn and that pertains to everything, including my education.”
Hailey’s achievements in rodeo are impressive as well. She was the 2016 Southern Region TX College Rodeo Goat Tying Champion, the 2016 IFYR Top 4 Goat Tying Average winner; the 2015/16 Joe Beaver’s Superstar Series Roping Champion and has championships in Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing and Team Roping going back to her high school, Youth and Little Britches rodeo days. We have no doubt that Hailey will achieve all of her goals and then she’ll set more. We can’t wait to see what this talented young lady accomplishes. Congratulations & Best Wishes Hailey!
Last, but certainly not least, meet Alex Odle, from Brush, CO. She is an amazing young lady with a spectacular 3.89 GPA while also being on the Dean’s List and President’s Honor Roll. Attending South Plains College in Levelland, TX for 2 years, Alex will transfer to Sam Huston University for pre-veterinary studies. She is also interested in Ag Business/Animal Science. Her references laud her as being extraordinarily proficient with terrific communication skills and call her a positive role model and a treasure for every organization she’s been a part of.
In 2016 she was the National High School Rodeo Finals Barrel Racing Champion and in 2015 she won the Pole Bending Championship at the IFYR. Her rodeo accomplishments include being the IFYR Youth Director. She has also competed in and won in Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping and has earned many All-Around Championships. With 3 siblings who will also be attending college Alex is working hard to tackle as much of the cost of obtaining a great education through hard work, scholastic excellence and rodeo. Sounds like a winner already to us. The world of rodeo will be hearing a lot from this young lady. Congratulations & Best Wishes Alex!
The Calzavara Memorial Rodeo Scholarship Fund is near and dear to all of us and we could not be prouder of these 3 gifted young ladies. The entire Big Hat Rodeo family knows that Mom & Dad would be delighted that we can lend a helping hand to some amazing young rodeo kids.
We have a fund raiser rodeo for the scholarship fund each year at the Great Midwest Pro Rodeo in Elkhorn, WI. If you would like to help us grow the number of scholarships we can support it’s easy to make a donation at www.bighatrodeo.com