RODEO: Waiting in the wings

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The fourth-graders in Alaina Liggett’s class watched attentively the afternoon of May 4, as the high school rodeo teams lassoed, tied and raced in the Weston County Fairgrounds arena and casually lounged on fences in between events. Sitting among her classmates, Laynie Sears only had to look one row in front of her to find her true rodeo hero. 

Pate Tavegie turned around with a shy smile. He tipped his straw cowboy hat back and wiped his forehead. He’s okay, he admitted, but his older brother Tell is much better.

For kids like Laynie, 12-year-old Pate and his brother are rock stars.

Apart from watching the older rodeo kids in action, Laynie and her classmates had other business at hand. Fastened under a clipboard, Laynie studied a worksheet as she peered underneath the lid of her ball cap. She’s on the lookout for three types of triangles and every object she sees now takes on new meaning.

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