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Erik Jackson is the 17-year-old son of Machelle Hussey and Doug Jackson of Salmon, Idaho. Currently a senior and an active member of the National Honor Society, Erik serves as the student body vice president at Salmon High School. He has been a class officer from junior high through his junior year in high school. Erik competes in saddle bronc riding, calf roping and team roping in District 1 of the Idaho High School Rodeo Association and has won numerous district championships and the Top Hand Award for training his own calf- and team roping horses. He has finished in the top 10 in IHSRA competition in both team roping and saddle bronc riding. Also involved in community service, Erik helps with Christmas is Caring, a local program that helps provide for needy families during the holiday season. Erik plans to attend college and major in veterinary science.
Dalton Breckenridge is the 17-year-old son of Shelley Martin and Winston Breckenridge of Bernard, Iowa, where Dalton is a senior at Cascade High School. Dalton has competed in the Iowa High School Rodeo Association since 2009. He works both ends of the arena,
competing in bareback riding, calf roping and team roping. He has qualified for the IHSRA Finals in team roping the last two years, and won the average in team roping in 2012 while competing on his horse Domino, who he trained himself. He has also qualified for the state finals in bareback riding and serves as the student director for that event. In 2011, Dalton won the IHSRA’s Dalton Baumann Memorial Sportsmanship Award. In addition to rodeoing, Dalton participates in 4-H and FFA, and plays basketball. After graduation, he plans to attend college in Wyoming, at either Central Wyoming or Laramie County Community College.