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Rodeo girls graduate top of their class

Burke, Texas (KETK) - Crimson Christian Academy in Burke, between Lufkin and Diboll, is a school where everyone knows each other and something big is going on there.

Both the valedictorian and salutatorian have more to be proud of than their grades, they are both rodeo stars.

Valedictorian Kadie Beth Wisener and salutatorian Briley Carter didn't just make good grades, they are both members of the Texas High School Rodeo Association.

"I'm blessed with a good set of parents they've encouraged me, honestly I wouldn't be half the person I am without them and then also my sisters encouraged me," said Kadie Beth Wisener.

Both girls spent the majority of their lives around the rodeo scene.

"My mom is from Vermont and she rode broncs and so she came down here doing that and then my dad team roped so we all as a family do it together," said Briley Carter.

Getting to the top of their class while balancing rodeo was no easy task

"I definitely worked for it, it was not easy," said Carter. "To some people it does come easy. I can't say I've gotten everything I wanted, I wanted to go to state but you know I'm blessed to say that I even got to compete in region." 

Being a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association proved to be physically and mentally straining task but neither girl gave up.

Through the years both experienced their share of triumph and failure.

Wisener competed in barrel racing, pole bending and trap shooting (a shotgun shooting event).

Carter did most of her competing in junior high and even made it to sate but never made it to the state finals while in high school.

"The summer of my eighth to ninth grade year I had an accident and lost part of my thumb and my ring finger," said Carter. "I do it every now and then, not very often, but I don't compete with it anymore so now I just run barrels and poles."

Wisener on the other hand did more than compete.

"I enjoyed it so much I decided my sophomore year that I wanted to run for a national position and I went to Rock Springs, Wyoming and ran for vice president and got that," said Wisener.

This new position allowed her to travel all over the country and meet people from around the world.

"National high school rodeo covers Australia and Canada so I got to meet people from other countries so it was a really neat experience," she said.

The school is very proud of these two young cow-girls and knows they will be a blessing where ever they go after graduation.

"They will be a shining light in the community where ever they go, whatever university they go to they will be a leader and they will be a leader when they go out and go into their own field of study," said Jan Allbritton, Crimson Christian Academy Administrator.

With all the success to their names many are wondering what is next for the two cowgirls.

"I'll be at Tarleton State University next year," said Wiesner. "I'm not rodeoing, which I'm sad about, but my parents want me to stay involved in school. Hopefully when I get down to Stephenville I can find some horses to ride up there."

Wisener hopes to one day be a chiropractor.

Carter has a scholarship to Abeline Christian University.

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