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Freshman College Student Is Rising Star at College National Finals Rodeo

Delvecchio Kaye, Navajo, is headed to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo. June 14-20.
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Delvecchio Kaye, Navajo, is riding in the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo., which began Sunday and ends Saturday, June 20.

Kaye, a bareback rider, is a member of the Diné College Rodeo Team, and he ended his freshman season in 2nd place in the Grand Canyon Regional standings, and 16th in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standings. He won his first rodeo title at 16.

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After the first round of CNFR competition Monday, Kaye placed 18th with a score of 70 according to results, but he improved in the second round to 7th place with a score of 68.5. The third round of the competition begins today.

Kaye comes from a rodeo family. His father was a bullrider and bronc rider and still coaches his son today.

Kaye’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the National Finals rodeo, but he is determined to graduate from college first. “It’s good to see Delvecchio do well in school and in sports here at Diné College,” Kaye’s coach Jackson Craig said in a news release. “We always encourage student learning first and [being an] athlete second. The main goal for coaches here is to have our student athletes finish and graduate.”