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Jayce Garthwaite expects to compete in steer wrestling and study law and criminal justice at the college

Crook County High School senior Jayce Garthwaite has signed a letter of intent to compete in rodeo at Walla Walla Community College.Jayce Garthwaite

Garthwaite will study law and criminal justice at the college.

"I'm just going to go there and steer wrestle," Garthwaite said. "I chose Walla Walla because there are a lot of good people around there. There are a lot of guys from the NFR that I can steer wrestle with and stuff like that."

Garthwaite was a multi-sport athlete at Crook County, playing football in addition to rodeoing.

Garthwaite finished sixth in steer wrestling during the current Oregon High School Rodeo Association season, qualifying him for a spot at the Silver State International Rodeo, which is held each summer in Winnemucca, Nevada.

In addition, Garthwaite plans to spend his summer on the road while competing in the Empire Rodeos.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to compete in rodeo at the collegiate level," Garthwaite said.

Walla Walla Community College is considered one of the top rodeo schools in the United States. The college is not only successful at the community college level, but has won several national championships while competing against the top four-year universities.

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