Carissa Michelle Pike, 11th grade student at School of the Osage, has earned a position on the Missouri National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo., July 14-20 to compete at the 65th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the Queen's Contest.
Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 - based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds to advance to Saturday evening's final round. National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Town Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com, powered by ihigh.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on July 14, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
Carissa is the daughter of Charles and Amy Pike and the granddaughter of Dr. Ned Hug and Jerelyn Hug, California.