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Maui rodeo standouts place high at NHSFR

Daniel Miranda competes in tie-down roping at the National High School Finals Rodeo last month in Gillette, Wyo. — Photo courtesy of Morag Miranda

Daniel Miranda, a Hawaii Technology Academy senior from Maui, was the only Team Hawaii competitor to make it to finals at the National High School Finals Rodeo that took place from July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyo.

Miranda finished 17th in boys tie down. During the week, he competed in the high stakes tie-down competition and recorded an 8-second run and a 7-second run — they were the fastest runs of his career and he took home over $5,000.

At the Hawaii High School State Finals in June, Miranda was awarded a $1,000 merit scholarship from the National High School Rodeo Association.

During the National High School Finals Rodeo, Miranda was also awarded a $500 NHSR Foundation scholarship. He is set to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall, studying agriculture systems management.

He will also be competing on Cal Poly’s rodeo team in team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

Emily Coflin holds her third-place buckle in girls cutting as she poses for a photo with teammate Mahina Puu. — Photo courtesy of Morag Miranda

Home school junior Emily Coflin of Maui placed third in the second go-round of the girls cutting event with 145 points.

Seabury Hall freshman Elizabeth Miranda placed seventh in the first go-round of the reining cowhorse event with a 145 pattern score and a 148 herd work score.

King Kekaulike junior Eva Jarmin competed in the NHSRA Queen contest. She won Miss Congeniality and was seventh overall out of 43 other queen contestants from around the world.

She competed in a two-minute speech competition, horsemanship, impromptu question, modeling and personal interview.

She also participated in a Remarkable Kids Rodeo, reading to local Gillette elementary students at the library and signing autographs at the rodeo.

Eva Jarmin holds her buckle after winning Miss Congeniality and placing seventh overall in the NHSRA Queen contest. — Photo courtesy of Morag Miranda

Elizabeth Miranda poses with her reining cowhorse, Nuke. — Photo courtesy of Morag Miranda

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