Sheridan WYO Rodeo 2021 Scholarship Information

Every year, Sheridan County graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for the three (3) $1,000 Sheridan WYO Rodeo scholarships. Applicants must graduate from a high school in Sheridan County the year they apply and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. The application deadline for 2021 was April 16, 2021. Requirements, instructions and the application for the 2021 scholarship is available at here.

As an incentive to help with the various activities surrounding the rodeo, all applicants that are a part of the SPURS volunteer group will receive extra points toward the total points that determine the scholarship winners.

Over the past 25 years, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo has awarded over $90,000 to deserving Sheridan County students. Details about the WYO Rodeo’s 2022 scholarship program will be announced early next year.

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2021 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Braden West, Maggie May McStay, and Lainey Konetzi, our 2020 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship recipients!

Each year the WYO Rodeo awards three Sheridan County graduating seniors with a $1,000 scholarship to their school of choice.  The Sheridan WYO Rodeo relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of the community members. We give special consideration to any student actively involved in our volunteer group, the WYO Rodeo SPURS. Their support is vital to the Sheridan WYO Rodeo during Rodeo Week and throughout the year.  Our Board of Directors are very proud to announce that all three of the scholarship winners this year are members of the SPURS.  It is our hope McKenna, Tobi and Rikki will continue to volunteer and encourage future students to do so as well.

The board is proud to award Braden West, Maggie May McStay and Lainey Konetzi with this year’s WYO Rodeo scholarships.

Maggie May McStay

Maggie May McStay

Sheridan High School graduate. Maggie plans to attend Black Hawk East to pursue a degree in Agricultural Communications and Agribusiness.

Maggie May is an accomplished student who, despite all the challenges we faced in 2020-2021, earned a well-deserved membership into the National Honor Society. Maggie has been a true roll-up-your-sleeves volunteer for the WYO Rodeo for many years: in the arena, behind the chutes, and in the Main Street Parade. Not one to back down from a new challenge, she and her mother competed as a skijoring team during the 2019 and 2020 WYO Winter Rodeo. Maggie has been involved in Big Horn Cowboy’s 4-H Club, most recently as President, and John B. Kendrick FFA as Vice President and President. She has also volunteered for the WYO West Warrior Foundation since 2017. In 2019, Maggie earned 14th overall at the National FFA Convention, and for the last two years, she has successfully competed in Shot Put competitions. Maggie will attend Black Hawk East in Moline, IL to pursue a degree in Agricultural Communications and Agribusiness.

Braden West

Braden West

Sheridan High School graduate. Braden plans to attend Casper College and South Dakota State University, ultimately pursuing a career in Agriculture.

Braden is an active volunteer for the WYO Rodeo and more than a dozen other community organizations, including the Senior Center, WYO West Warrior Foundation, YMCA, John B. Kendrick FFA, Sheridan Police and Shriners. He is passionate about giving back to better his community and has been doing so since he was 10 years old. He’s held many elected leadership positions with agricultural organizations, including FFA, Wyoming Junior Hereford Association, Big Horn Cowboys 4-H Club and Sheridan County 4-H Junior Leaders organization, as a Voting Delegate, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President. From Wyoming to Montana to Arizona, Braden has also shown animals with great success, and has consistently shared his knowledge as a mentor to others. Braden is committed to a career in agriculture and the many vocational trades that are so vital to the industry and plans to pursue a degree in Vocational Arts and Agricultural Education. He will begin his undergraduate education at Casper College this fall and intends to complete his bachelor’s degree at South Dakota State University. 

Lainey Konetzi

Lainey Konetzi

Sheridan High School graduate. Lainey plans to attend Sheridan College, ultimately earning a four-year degree in Wildlife Biology or Zoology.

Lainey has been involved with the WYO Rodeo for six years as a WYO Rodeo Wrangler, WYO Rodeo Princess and Junior Princess, and as a John B. Kendrick FFA volunteer supporting slack throughout rodeo week. In 2020-21, she was crowned Miss Wyoming High School Rodeo and this year, she is competing for the WYO Rodeo Senior Princess title. Lainey has held part-time jobs throughout her high school career as a polo groom, a dog groomer and taxidermy apprentice — all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She has also performed in many local theater productions, plays the cello and bass clarinet, dances and has earned many awards in John B. Kendrick FFA, Big Horn Cowboys 4-H Club, Wyoming State Fair and Big Sky State Games competitions. An accomplished horsewoman, she hopes to be a trainer and pursue a career in equine therapy. Lainey will attend Sheridan College to get her degree in biology, launching her into a four-year degree in wildlife biology or zoology. 

2020 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Rikki Redman

Sheridan High School graduate attending Sheridan College. Rikki’s career goal is to work in Zoology.

Rikki is graduating from Sheridan High School with a 3.97 weighted GPA where she has been an active member of the National Honor Society, FFA, Spanish Club, Outdoors Club and Show Choir for many years. She has also given her time to support local food drives and highway cleanups, as well as WYO Rodeo Slack performances. Rikki will attend Sheridan College in the fall. After earning her general credits, she will transfer to the University of Wyoming to earn her B.S. in Zoology and Green Criminology. While there Rikki also plans to study abroad in Australia.

McKenna Auzqui

Arvada/Clearmont High School graduate attending University of Wyoming. McKenna plans to earn her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics.

McKenna is senior class president at Arvada/Clearmont High School. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is ranked at the top of her class. As she graduates from high school, she will also have 34 college credits in hand, earned throughout her junior and senior year. McKenna has been an active member of her highschool FFA Chapter, National Honor Society, Student Council and Tri-M Music Honor Society.  She is a three-sport varsity athlete and has lettered in volleyball, basketball and track. McKenna has been giving back to her community for many years, supporting Wounded Warrior change drives, clothing drives, highway cleanups, raising money for Make-A-Wish and volunteering at the local recreation district. She plans to attend the University of Wyoming to earn a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Toby Jacobs

Sheridan High School graduate attending Black Hills State University. Toby plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science.

Toby Jacobs is graduating from Sheridan High School with a 4.125 weighted GPA and a track record of continuous achievement with Sheridan Hawks Hockey as former team captain, as well as Sheridan Broncs Football and Soccer, both of which he lettered in. He has been on the Gold Honor Roll throughout high school and earned an Orchestra Festival Award for his talent and hard work as a violinist. Toby is an avid volunteer at his church and has been helping young athletes at Broncs soccer and football youth sports camps for the last two years. He earned an academic scholarship to attend Black Hills State University, where he will play football and pursue a B.S. in Exercise Science starting this fall. 

2019 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Quinn Heyneman
Sheridan High School Graduate
Dartmouth College
Environmental Law
GPA – 4.0

Reata Cook
Big Horn High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Elementary Education
GPA – 3.7

Taylor Greig
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Alabama
Chemistry
GPA – 4.0

2018 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Aeriana Roth

Sheridan High School graduate, plans to attend the University of Wyoming.
Aeriana’s career goal is to work in the STEM field.

Quinton Brooks

Sheridan High School graduate, will attend the University of Wyoming or Jamestown University in North Dakota, with a major in Biochemistry.  Quinton’s career goal is to become a general surgeon.

Aaron Woodward

Sheridan High School graduate, plans to attend University of Wyoming.  Aaron plans to pursue a degree in dentistry or business.

2017 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Andrew Boint
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Agriculture Business

Anna Miech
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Utah
Doctor of Neurology

Coy Steel
Sheridan High School Graduate
Montana State University
Civil Engineering

2013 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Cashlee Cunningham
Big Horn High School Graduate
Sheridan College
Accounting Major
GPA – 3.00

Jin Woo Kim
Sheridan High School Graduate
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
GPA – 4.00

Eilish Hanson
Tongue River High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Agricultural Communications
GPA – 3.88

2016 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Tyra Relaford’s
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
English Education and Agricultural Business
GPA – 3.896

Sarah Von Grosigk
Sheridan High School Graduate
Western Washington University
Graphic Design
GPA – 3.891

Mikaela Weeder
Daughter of Jacob and Sheri Weeder of Sheridan
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Veterinary degree
3.556 GPA 

2012 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Katelynn Julian
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Speech and Language Therapy, and Special Education
GPA – 4.000

Stephen Yellowtail
Tongue River High School Graduate
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Engineering and industrial management
GPA – 3.92

Reata Brannaman
Sheridan High School Graduate
Montana State University
Business Marketing & Ag Education
GPA – 3.68

2015 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Taylor Townsend
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Biology or Botany
GPA:  3.854

Jess Edens
Sheridan High School Graduate
Black Hills State University
Elementary education
GPA:  3.796

Gabrielle Koltiska
Sheridan High School Graduate
Michigan State University
Animal Science
GPA:  3.543

2011 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Claire Korpela
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Chemistry major
4.0 – GPA

Lauren Buyan
Sheridan High School Graduate
The College of Wooster
Medical major
3.98 – GPA

Jessi Spielman
Sheridan High School Graduate
Sheridan College
Interior Design major
4.0 – GPA

2014 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Zoe Sherman
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Pharmacy
GPA – 3.98

Sara Ellingrod
Arvada/Clearmont High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
International Studies
GPA – 4.00

Shelby Mann
Big Horn High School Graduate
Northwest College
Athletic Training and Radiology
GPA – 3.83

Hanna Caiola
Sheridan High School Graduate
Sheridan College
Art and Physical Education.
GPA – 3.52

2010 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Scholarship Recipients

Philip ‘Jr’ Kane 
Big Horn High School Graduate
University of Montana
Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.
GPA – 4.00

Michael Leibrich
Sheridan High School Graduate
University of Wyoming
Mechanical Engineering.
GPA – 3.741

Seth Stadick
Sheridan High School Graduate
John Hopkins University
Medicine
GPA – 3.946