SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- On Saturday (Oct. 24) and Sunday (Oct. 25), around 80 high school students from across Arkansas and several surrounding states competed in the Arkansas High School Rodeo.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Grace Easley and 14-year-old Levi Easley were two of the competitors. Emma Grace participated in both barrel racing and poles.
"My mind kind of goes blank every time, I feel like adrenaline hits and it's really fun, it's such an enjoyable time," The high school junior said.
The brother-sister duo are from Lowell and said being in the arena is a thrill. Levi competed in team roping. At 14, he said he was the youngest participant in the event.
"It's fun, it's just a big adrenaline rush," The high school freshman said.
The siblings said they followed in their father's footsteps. They agreed that the rodeo is a way of life.
"My dad has rodeoed every since he was 5 years old and so it's been really enjoyable to be around," Emma Grace said.
The high school rodeo awarded scholarship money to the all-around cowboy and girl, as well as the winner of the essay contest. The state high school competition will be held in Texarkana in June of 2016.