From Press Reports
Laura Beth Kolb, a 12th-grade student at East Webster High School, earned a position on the Mississippi
state/provincial National High School rodeo team and traveled with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo., July 13-19 to compete at the 66th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the poles and goat tying competitions.
Laura Beth is the daughter of Ronnie and Lynn Kolb of Maben. She is the granddaughter of Howard and Polly Shurden of Mathiston and Lamar and Sudie Kolb of Maben.
Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 42 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 also competed for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR national champion.
To earn this title, contestants had to finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds — to advance to the final round July 19. National champions were then determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants had the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.