Jordan Church, an eighth grade student at Prospect Education Center, has earned a position on the California state National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, South Dakota, June 23 through June 29 to compete at the 15th Annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Light Rifle competition.

Church earned this opportunity by competing at the recent California Junior High Rodeo Finals in Red Bluff, California last month. She was the top girl shooter in California and will be representing California, Tulare County, and Porterville in the national competition.

Church is 14 years old, and is a resident of Strathmore and also competes in barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying, and pole bending. She is the current Secretary of the Prairie Center 4-H Club and is active in community events.

Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, and Mexico, the NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on their scores in the first round in Light Rifle. Then, the short go scores will determine the National Champion.

Along with great competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy volleyball, contestant dances, family oriented activities, church services and shopping, as well as visiting area attractions in Huron.

To follow Jordan’s results, visit daily for complete results. She will be shooting her first round on Tuesday, June 25 and the short round will be on Wednesday, June 26.

Jordan is seeking donations to help with travel expenses and supplies. If you are interested in helping her, please contact her at or 559-359-3586, your support in any way is appreciated. 

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