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The Times
  • Herkimer student crowned Rodeo Queen

  • Herkimer High School senior Alyssa Volkmer has been crowned High School Rodeo Queen and will compete at the 64 Annual National High School Rodeo Queen Competition.

    She will represent New York from July 12 to July 21 at the national competition in Rock Springs, Wy.

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  • Herkimer High School senior Alyssa Volkmer has been crowned High School Rodeo Queen and will compete at the 64 Annual National High School Rodeo Queen Competition.
    She will represent New York from July 12 to July 21 at the national competition in Rock Springs, Wy.
    The 17-year-old Herkimer native has been riding since she was nine. After several years of training with Skeet and Dick Barrett, of Sauquoit, Volkmer learned a number of rodeo techniques with her two horses Rusty, a ten-year old Gelding Appaloosa, and A.J., an eleven year old Paint Gelding.
    As a competitive rodeo rider Volkmer competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and break away roping. She has been competing in high school rodeos for two years. During her first year of competing, Volkmer won the title of Rookie.
    This year Volkmer volunteered to compete in the High School Rodeo Queen Competition.
    She said, “I didn’t think I was going to win and I did!”
    Volkmer added, “I’m just really excited to have the chance to compete in the national competition.”
    The National High School Rodeo Competition consists of a horsemanship pattern, a personal interview, a two minute memorized speech, a modeling pattern, an impromptu speech and the judging of personality and appearance while participants compete in rodeos.
    The National High School Finals is the worlds’ largest rodeo and features over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia. Contestants will compete for over $200,000 in prizes as well as $350,00 in college scholarships and the chance to be named National High School Rodeo Champion. In order to earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing to the final championship performance.
    To follow Volkmer at the National High School Rodeo Queen Competition, visit the National High School Rodeo Association’s website daily for complete results.

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