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Centerville's Kayser running for NHSRA VP

 

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Kayser For VP: One of Cassie Kayser's campaign posters

Along with heading to the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo, which runs July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyoming, Centerville junior Cassie Kayser also is running for the National High School Rodeo Vice President position.

The election process starts when on July 16 in Gillette, and candidates have until the 21 to campaign. On the 21, the candidates give a speech in front of delegates from each state who then vote.

The following excerpt ran in the June and July editions of the NHSRA Times, the official publication of the National High School Rodeo Association.

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The phrase "do not be afraid" is written in the Bible 365 times. That's a daily reminder from God to live every day being fearless. I'm sure all of you members can relate to this amazing quote. We strive to practice hard, perform to the best of our abilities and let it all hang out every time we step foot into the arena.

I was born with rodeo in my blood and ranching in my veins. Hello, my name is Cassie Kayser. I am a 17-year-old junior from Washington State High School Rodeo Association and I am running for your 2017-18 Student Vice President. As a Vice President candidate, I would like to have the opportunity to REPRESENT this amazing association and all of its' members.

As I reflect on the past six years competing among some of the toughest and most inspirational rodeo athletes, it has changed me from being a shy, little 6th-grader that could barely look someone in the eye and say thank you after a smokin' run, to the girl I am today. High School Rodeo has given me the tools to be successful in life. It has helped me find my voice. I've learned to be humble. I've learned perseverance, and I've learned how to dig deep when times are tough. I've also learned to be confident and stand up for what I believe in. I would be honored to give back to the association that has done so much for me.

I compete in barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping, and cutting. I've been lucky enough to be raised on a 6th generation Angus and Hereford cattle ranch. I am highly involved in FFA, I am the current Goldendale FFA Chapter President as well as representing 28 chapters as the District IV Sentinel. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as the Washington State Student High School Rodeo Secretary this past year.

As your National High School Rodeo Student Vice President, my goal will be to promote the sport of rodeo, preserve the western heritage, and to unite and increase membership in the National High School Rodeo Association. I look forward to meeting as many as I can at Nationals! Best wishes to all of you for the remainder of your rodeo season!

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Freshmen Curtis Kayser and Courtney Tatro, sophomore Justin Slater will join Cassie Kayser in Gillette from July 16-22.

Slater and Cassie Kayser each qualified in the cutting competition while Tatro qualified in shooting with Curtis Kayser qualifying in tie down roping.

 

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