CASA GRANDE — Two teens from Casa Grande placed in the top 10 of their events at the recent middle school division of National High School Finals Rodeo.

John Boyd IV, 13, a sixth grader at Villago Middle School, finished 10th in his short round and 10th the world in the boys breakaway event.

Nolan Andersen, 13, a home-schooled seventh grader, finished seventh in his short round and in 10th place overall in tie-down roping.

In team roping, he and his partner, Colter Lee Todd of Willcox, finished in 25th place overall. Andersen and Abbie Wells of Cochise placed 25th in ribbon roping. Also, Andersen placed 37th in the chute dogging event.

“Contestants run two rounds throughout the rodeo week,” said Julie Andersen. “The short round, which was on Saturday, June 26, consists of the top 20 contestants with the best combined times from the first two rounds.”

The National High School Rodeo Association is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and character.

The annual final competition is among the largest rodeos in the world, bringing together the top four competitors from 38 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.

More than 1,200 teens in grades six through eight competed for a world championship title at the event this year, which was held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

John is the son of Sammy Jo and John Boyd III.

Nolan’s parents are Julie and Jason Andersen.

Several area teens are also set to compete beginning July 18 in the high school version of the NHSFR event.

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