Can I Get Paid to Rodeo at School?

Three years ago I would have never even dreamed of doing something like this. A lot of things have changed since then however. Graduating high school instigates a great deal of change. The biggest change can be one of probably two things; staying in school or pursuing higher education. Today college is very important, and for us rodeo competitors, college is a very possible choice after high school. For me it was an easy choice. I’m still banking on making my living in the arena. A problem soon arose when I discussed this with my parents.

“You know Teddy, you won’t be able to rodeo all your life right?” My Mom stated.

“Dang, that’s what I was hoping to do” I Replied.

Well in the past two years I got hurt a few times and I still don’t want to get a real job so I’m a college kid now. And you know what? School really isn’t that bad. What many students and parents may not realize is just how easy is it to get scholarships to go to college. The best part is just how many there are out there and how many different entities award them. Scholarships can come directly from high schools and colleges, government foundations, private donors, rodeo associations and businesses. Another place they come from that I found out about just this year is rodeo committees. Not as much in Canada so far, but I am looking. The Alberta High School Rodeo Association has to be one of the best associations in North America for high school students to learn, rodeo and set themselves up for a successful future in college and in the rodeo arena.

Since I would like this article to be of use to its readers I would like to talk about all the scholarships I know of that are out there for graduating high school students. The money is out there for the most part it is whether or not a person takes the time to apply. The biggest cost in applying for scholarships is the stamp for the envelope. Sure you might now win some scholarships but you can’t get any of their free money if you don’t try. Here are a few all of you high school students should apply for:

Montana Silversmiths Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship: Deadline: August 1st. This scholarship is open to graduated high school students and current college students with a minimum a GPA of 2.0 or higher. For those of us north of the 49th you have got to have about a 70% average. For more information, and to apply go to: Or call 888-677-9487 for an application form.

The Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarship: Deadline: August 28th. Open to students who have completed grade 12 or are currently in college. Up to four scholarships of $2500 are awarded each year. The scholarships are given to students studying in agriculture and broadcasting, along with those who are great ambassadors to the legacy of Mr. Bill Kehler. Professional rodeo contestants can also apply for a scholarship to support their post secondary studies.

The Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship: Deadline: May 1st if you will be going to school in September and December 1st if you start college in January. If your Grade 10, 11 and 12 averages are above 75% in the four core subjects along with one option class this scholarship can be worth a lot of money to you. If your average was above 80% it can be even more. And the best part is that if you apply and your grades are right then you get the money. Your high school counselor should have the information for this scholarship but if not look them up.

The Alberta High School Rodeo Association Scholarships: Deadline April 1st. Now you must be a member of the AHSRA to apply for these scholarships. So those of you who want to go to college and aren’t members yet, should join. This association is the absolute best place to start your rodeo career. No were else will you find better help, stock and a positive atmosphere to be the best you can be. You can start now in Jr. High School Rodeo in the sixth grade and almost have your whole first year of college paid for before you even get there.

The last type of scholarship I want to talk about in this article are the ones awarded by colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Some of the Schools in Canada that are part of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA) are: Olds College, Lakeland College in Vermillion, AB, Red Deer College, NAIT, SAIT, The University of Lethbridge, U of A and U of C. The CIRA is growing and is a great place to further your education and rodeo at the same time. College rodeo in the United States is done in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). The member schools are spread out all over the Western United States it is divided into eleven regions geographically. There are many scholarships given out to students from all over North America by NIRA member schools. If you are a student who wants to go to college here in the United States look up College Rodeo. There you can find all the contact information for every school’s coach. You don’t have to be the best in Canada to get a scholarship to go to school somewhere down here. All it takes is the desire.

Good luck and remember:

“As long as there is a sunset there will be a West” Dr Lynn Phillips

Benefits of Education From an Online High School

Whether you are an adult who never completed your primary education or the parent of a child in need of special attention and flexibility, getting a diploma from an online high school may be the right choice for you. With this option, you will have a number of benefits. You will be able to take control of your education. You can learn everything you would be taught in a classroom in the comfort of your own home. You can take charge of the decisions that you make and the path that you will take during your education.

An online high school can offer an array of advantages. Mostly, you will have complete control over your education. You will have the ability to study your own assignments at your own pace. You can focus on the assignments that may take you a bit longer to complete, while easily and quickly going through assignments that are easier for you. The flexibility on education on the Internet is unmatched. Most programs allow you attend your virtual class at any time of the day, so you can work around your busy schedule. Many people that take classes on the Internet have busy schedules and often full time jobs. This form of education will allow you to work on your own terms and on your own time.

Traditional education for many people means more than just learning. When getting your diploma on the Internet, you can avoid the distractions that come along with the traditional classroom. You won’t have to deal with the cliques and other distracting students while you work on your own time. You can study when you want and where you want. Plus, many times a teacher in a traditional classroom just cannot spend extra time during class time helping each individual student with his or her own specific problems. When working within the online high school, if you do not understand a particular topic, you can take your time and pace yourself to gain a better understanding of the subject.

Whether you are an adult with a full-time job, and you want to move up in the world, or you think that your child would benefit from the pacing and attention involved in an online high school, this educational choice may be the one for you. There are a variety of options out there, so do some research and find out which one will work best for your circumstances.

Is Boarding School the Right Choice for Your Child?

The term boarding school implies different meanings to different people. Children at first consider it as some sort of a prison where they are put by their parents forcefully. But little do they realize that it is for their own good and betterment. And this step by their parents will bear fruits later in life. Even for parents the decision of sending their little ones to a boarding school and not seeing them for quite a bit of time can be quite overwhelming. It indeed is a huge step to keep their child’s future interest in mind and to depart them with a heavy heart.

And it’s a myth that boarding schools are only for individuals with behavioral issues. It’s completely untrue. This notion existed before when people weren’t aware of what these schools actually offered. They see the overall development of a child. A teacher puts in hard work and shows a lot of patience to allow a child to adjust in their environment. All good boarding schools cash on the concept of keeping an individual’s interest and encouraging him to do his best. They make him very independent and change his attitude to a go getter. Hard work never killed anybody is their motto that they teach the students to follow.

Boarding schools are preferred by those parents who obviously can’t manage looking after their kids or spending all their time with them and who have hectic work schedules. Those parents find these schools the next best option as the students are taken care of just like a parent would. And a child gets the freedom to explore every field, be it sports, extra-curricular activities or studies. He becomes very responsible and learns to take charge of his actions. A child may feel home sick at first but sooner or later he gets into that color too. He makes new friends and gets attached to them easily.

Parents obviously wish that these schools come within the range of distance they hope for. But when you are thinking about your children’s future, you need to ignore all the emotional stress that you may face. Because in the end it is being done for your child’s own good. He will be benefited in life from these steps that you take now. You needn’t worry it doesn’t take much time for a child to adjust. The boarding schools environment is very friendly. And everything is available there. All the facilities that you hope to give your kid will be there.

When you start your research, find the best schools, obviously the ones that are reputed so that you don’t feel sorry later. Then narrow down a few. And then compare the facilities that each schools offers. Also check whether their fee suits your pocket too. Then go in for it. You will be surprised to see how much academic potential these boarding schools offer. And your child will come out as a bright, intelligent, independent and with a very polished personality.

What If I Don’t Get Into the School of My Choice?

So you didn’t get into the school of choice, now what? Whatever happens, do not give up on your dreams of going to college. A higher education is very important in the world we live in today. If you don’t get into your first choice school you may have to start out at a junior college and then apply to the school of your choice. This can actually be a great way to get in.

As many as 25% of freshmen drop out in the first year, overall about 33% of students drop out in college. This means that if you wait and apply for that perfect school in your sophomore or junior year you probably have a better chance of getting in. First of all you have proved that you are not going to quit and second, the school has more space for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

There is a lot of pressure put on students to choose a big name school or at least a large University.

There are many reasons to choose a smaller school. The first and probably most important is class size. You are going from High School where your largest class was probably only 40 students to a college where the classes can be a big a several hundred. That alone can be tough to handle. By going to a smaller school you can attend smaller classes and work your way into the college atmosphere; after all, there are a lot of changes in your life going from High School to college.

By attending a Junior college you will be able to complete your general admission classes, explore your major and decide if that truly is what you want to do. It is very common for students to change majors. According to Dr. Fritz Grupe, founder of an online school resource website, 50% of college-bound students change majors two to three times. Don’t be afraid to say that you really don’t want to be a music major, but want to study English! The first few years of college are perfect for trying out new classes. Then by the time you are a junior your general admission classes are done and you probably have a good idea of what you want to study. You may even find that your first choice school is no longer where you want to study. Remember as you go through school nothing is set in stone. You do want to pick a major as soon as you can, but don’t worry about changing.

Overall, don’t panic if you don’t get into your first choice school. There are many other options out there for you. If you have done your homework in High School you have another option already chosen. If not look around and find another school to apply to. The most important thing is not to give up on going to college.

School Choice and Voucher Implementation

Advocates believe more school choice will allow better student-school fit than public education. But others maintain better matching will not improve performance unless financial pressures improve educational practices. A voucher-based educational market linking funding to pupil counts based on parental choice could motivate improvement, especially in inefficient public schools, eliminating allocations unrelated to student achievement. This market model of school choice assumes an efficient market of equivalent products, buyers and sellers of comparable size, mobile market entry and exit, and perfect knowledge among market participants. Although no market is entirely efficient, this model’s proponents believe vouchers would increase competition and yield more efficient achievement-to-cost ratios.

The Market and Public Schools

Public-school advocates argue it is inappropriate to view public schools in a market context. They note that beyond individual instructional effects, public schools influence social cohesion, with some research suggesting more school choice would increase racial and socioeconomic segregation, thus decreasing social cohesion. But established housing patterns already relatively segregate schools today. Choice proponents maintain vouchers could break the school-housing link. This claim cannot yet be evaluated, because broad voucher systems have not yet been implemented. Another argument against vouchers has been that competition would result in fewer resources for the most needy students; however, little evidence exists on how vouchers might impact spending on public schools or distribution of spending.

Another reason to be skeptical of the market view of schools is the crucial role information plays in market efficiency. Inadequate parental information about schools’ quality may result in poor choices. Many schools, though, are providing more information in public report cards. Studies show positive relations between parental choice and school quality, suggesting parents make academically beneficial decisions. This relationship seems strongly related to the school’s or community’s socioeconomic status. Because of unavoidable inequalities in school and student achievement, even perfect parental information and school access cannot guarantee equal distribution of gains. Whatever the market conditions, unless families base choices on academic quality, not features like proximity and cocurricular programs, increased competition may not boost achievement.

Competition’s Impact on Schools

Since theory alone cannot determine vouchers’ feasibility, evidence on school choice should be considered. Of many competing forms of school choice, open enrollment within and between public school districts and private-public school competition parallel most closely the likely effects of voucher programs. Research on these choices has produced mixed results.

Public-Sector Competition

A study of open enrollment in Chicago, where half of high-school students chose to change schools, showed changing did not significantly raise changers’ graduation rates or harm those left behind, except in the case of Chicago’s “Career Academies,” where those attending experienced small benefits. These results suggest better school-student fit can improve outcomes. Since such intradistrict choice does not affect revenue, it may not stimulate school improvement; thus interdistrict choice, threatening student loss, seems a better model of competitive educational markets. Anecdotal evidence indicates interdistrict choice leads to innovations to attract and keep students, even when few actually move. Moreover, studies of interdistrict competition with virtual choice due to large numbers of area districts showed competition led to improved school quality and student performance.

Public-Private Competition

Since an area’s private and public schools compete, a market-based argument suggests competition should improve local student outcomes. Though one study found increased private-school enrollment led not to greater public-school achievement but greater resource investment, this finding seems ungeneralizable. Given public-school funding’s complexities, including possible reciprocal effects of private-school enrollment on area revenues, simple correlation between private-school enrollment and public school funding cannot be predicted. Factors like parental preference, community affluence and educational demand, and private-school establishment where public ones are weak all need accounting for. By considering effects of public-school quality and community features on private-school supply, researchers have found competition from private schools benefits public-school students’ performance. Gains are modest, with public-school test scores and graduation rates rising less than 5%, implying vouchers would not significantly elevate public school efficiency unless students found private schools much more attractive. Differences between these school sectors need further scrutiny.

Student Outcome Differences

Comparing test-score differences between the sectors’ students has yielded mixed results. Recent evidence showed positive private-school effects, especially for urban minority pupils, but the largely nonexperimental data did not rule out alternative causes of improvement. But even if private schools’ student achievement is not clearly superior, their educational cost may be. Private-school education, especially Catholic, can cost 50% less per pupil. If achievement is equivalent and these costs are accurate, then private schools are more cost-effective. However, these estimates ignore subsidies masking additional costs. Also, private schools often enroll advantaged children, who are inherently less costly to educate. Such student differences and unobservables like parental motivation to support education hinder valid comparison of the two sectors’ efficiency in producing achievement.

Voucher Experiments

Since educational experiments use random assignments and control groups to eliminate the need to account for background and unobservables, they are more comprehensible and useful in gaining public support than other means. Though political constraints have limited voucher experiments, recently several providing data on school-sector differences have been privately funded, targeting low-income urban students in various grades. Students were randomly chosen by elective lottery to receive modest vouchers. Postvoucher surveys showed attending private school benefited African Americans. In two years, their test scores narrowed the national Black- White achievement gap by up to one half. These effects were large compared to other interventions like class size reduction. However, assessments did not control for peer effects, so improvement may have been due to student, not school, quality. Also, missing effects for non-African Americans remained unexplained, and attrition may have biased results towards better pupils. Finally, imperfect randomization, possible experimental-setting influences, and failure to account for varying school quality in both sectors argue caution in generalizing from the experiments’ results.

Voucher Policies’ Likely Impact

While voucher experiments furnish evidence favoring general voucher implementation, the possibility of peer effects warns that a general policy rendering both school sectors demographically similar might eliminate a key ingredient that makes private institutions motivate change. Further, nonexperimental evidence, though inconclusive, is important for predicting voucher-policy effects. The evidence of unobservables and other nonmarket explanations of achievement gain indicates optimizing these might cause improvements more efficiently than costly voucher plans. It is also unclear whether increased private-education demand would be met by better schools. Economic theory suggests that the most efficient private schools are now thriving in high-demand markets and that additional schools may be weaker than many public schools, eliminating incentives for change. Another unknown is the voucher plans’ impact on public-school funding. Again, competition might produce public education providing less social support than the current system. As voucher plans change student distribution across schools, affecting social cohesion, trade-offs are likely, as schools sacrifice qualities like diversity for achievement. Voucher programs could be designed to motivate public-school support through taxation, but the effects of such incentives are unknown, as are the effects of voucher plans’ administrative costs.


Although results are mixed, evidence on school competition supports the notion that it improves student outcomes. Despite significant differences between public and private schools, especially in teacher compensation and student outcomes, it is unclear whether schools or students account for differences. Voucher experiments show a positive private-sector effect. But existing theory and evidence suggest future voucher policies’ success depends on policy details like private-school requirements and the size, eligibility, and financing mechanism of vouchers. Though cautious optimism is warranted, socioeconomic effects of widespread voucher implementation are uncertain.