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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
OSU to send five to College National Finals Rodeo
Oklahoma State University’s Rodeo Team has overcome the difficulties of training and competing in a pandemic to qualify five students for the College National Finals Rodeo in June.

The five who made the cut comprise the largest OSU contingent in several years to be sent to the CNFR, said Cody Hollingsworth, the team’s coach. The qualifying students and their events are:

• Kenna McNeill, animal science student from Hobbs, New Mexico – barrel racing and goat tying.
• Lariat Larner, agricultural economics master’s student from Stephenville, Texas – goat tying.
• Cheyenne Bartling, recreation management and recreation therapy student from Sand Springs, Oklahoma – goat tying.
• Lexie Russell, animal science student from Gainesville, Texas – breakaway roping.
• Ethan Griffin, agribusiness student from Eucha, Oklahoma – team roping header.

“I’m very happy for the individuals and excited for the team’s position in the finals, particularly with the shortened season due to COVID-19 last year,” Hollingsworth said. “It has been extremely difficult for everyone, but these students rose to the challenge and more. It’s something we can all be proud of.”

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The House today passed the appropriations bill to fund state government services for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts in July.
“This is the most comprehensive budget I have seen in my tenure,” said House Appropriations and Budget Chair Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston. “It funds core services across the spectrum, and it gives parents, teachers and students everything they need for success in education.”

A&B Vice Chair Kyle Hilbert added, “This budget provides tax relief to individuals and businesses, makes targeted and historic investments in education, includes money for economic development, health care and infrastructure, and it leaves the state with the highest reserve balance in state history.”
House Bill 2900 passed the House with a vote of 82-19. It now moves to the state Senate.

Bills that specify spending limits for various state agencies also are still pending final passage.
This budget appropriates $8.8 billion for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts in July. This compares to $7.7 billion appropriated for FY21 - a 14.3% increase.

This budget increases common education funding by more than $210 million to a historic high of $3.2 billion. This will allow the reduction of classroom sizes in kindergarten and first grade, which is expected to lead to greater academic success for students throughout the remainder of their school years.
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