Thursday, July 2, 2009
Aaron German event raises $10,000 for scholarships
The second annual Aaron German Team Roping Competition generated approximately $10,000 in funds to add to The Aaron German Scholarship Endowment at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Established in 2008, the endowment honors the memory of Aaron German who was killed in an accident in April of 2004. German was a 2004 graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs and was a Northwest student at the time of his death.
The team roping competition is organized by Laurie Baggett of Tupelo, a Northwest alumna and NWCC Rodeo Team member; by German’s parents, Read and Teresa Morton; by his grandparents, Betty and Lowell Salmon; and by Mike Crockett of Barr and Will Hancock of Independence. According to Teresa Morton, this year’s event was moved to the Benton County Agri-Center due to rain.
“We are grateful to Bobby Thompson of Benton County for allowing us to rent the arena on such short notice,” said Teresa Morton.
The event drew 452 teams from throughout Mississippi and Tennessee. Winners included Cody Skelton of Holly Springs, Jerry Booker of Moscow, Tenn., and Cody Burroughs of Rossville, Tenn.; another winner in the 4 and below level was Magers Anderson of Blue Springs. Other winners in the 5 and above level were: Shawn Turner of Kentucky, Brian Walker of Hernando, and Clayton Zwarski of Courtland.
The first Aaron German Scholarship has been awarded for the 2009-10 academic year to Megan McDonald, a 2009 graduate of Independence High School.
McDonald is a member of the Tennessee High School Rodeo Team, National Barrel Racing Association, and the International Barrel Racing Association. She competes in various events such as team roping, breakaway roping, pole bending, and goat tying. She plans a major in pre-nursing.
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