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Molokai Student Competes in National Rodeo


Rex “Bubu” Kamakana,left, pictured with his roping partner Ethan Awa from Hawaii Island. Both will be traveling to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.

NHSFR News Release

Rex “Bubu” Kamakana, a tenth grade student at Molokai High School, has earned a position on the Hawaii team for the National High School Rodeo. He will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyo., July 17-23 to compete at the 68th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the Team Roping competition.

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 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 World 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. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined

The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part
of the “Cinch High School Rodeo Tour” telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on July 17, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.

To follow Kamakana and others at the NHSFR, visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results. For ticket information, call (307) 682-0552.


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