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NMSU rodeo team members receive scholarships

Many members of the New Mexico State University rodeo team, including new recruits, received various scholarships for the fall 2007 semester.



Frank DuBois, former secretary/director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship, (front row, center) with the New Mexico State University rodeo team new recruits. (NMSU photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

To qualify for a scholarship, the student athletes must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, be a full-time student, participate in team activities and compete in National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeos.

"Coach Brown and I are excited about the quality of recruits who are choosing NMSU. I also am pleased that 54 New Mexico student athletes are part of our program," said Frank DuBois, former secretary/director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.

Dean Daly, of Belen, N.M., received the G.B. Oliver Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Daly is a sophomore and competes in saddle bronc, bareback riding and bull riding. Matt Garza, of Mesquite, N.M., was awarded the Bubba Echols Memorial Scholarship. Garza, a senior, competes in team roping and calf roping.

Kade Wooton, of Roswell, N.M., received the H.W. "Bud" Eppers Memorial Scholarship. Wooton also is a new recruit. He is a freshman and competes in the saddle bronc and team roping events. Johnny Salvo, of Datil, N.M., is another new recruit and freshman. He was given the Ben Cain Memorial Scholarship and calf ropes and team ropes.

Aaron Shelley, of Cliff, N.M., received the Charlie Lee Memorial Scholarship. Shelley is a junior and team ropes. Brittany Striegel, of Aztec, N.M., was awarded the F.F. "Chano" Montoya Memorial Scholarship. Striegel is a junior who competes in goat tying, breakaway roping and barrel racing.

Transfer student Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M., received the New Mexico Federal Lands Council Scholarship. She is a junior and competes in goat tying, breakaway roping and barrel racing. JoDan Mirabal, of Grants, N.M., was awarded the Pete and Lucy Leach Scholarship. Mirabal is a sophomore team roper and calf roper.

Other new recruits to the team include transfer student Wyatt Althoff, of Gilbert, Ariz., a junior who competes in calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling. Daniel Orris, of Durango, Colo., also is a transfer student. He is a junior and competes in the saddle bronc riding event.

Transfer student Travis Ottney, of Hereford, Ariz., is a junior competing in the bareback riding and the bull riding events. Dusty Thornton, of Calhan, Colo., is a freshman bull rider. Latigo Wilkerson, of Duncan, Ariz., is a freshman who competes in team roping and calf roping.

J.R. Shafer, of Claunch, N.M., is a freshman and competes in calf roping and team roping.