Calen Carpenter is the 18-year-old son of Lisa and Brandon Carpenter of Sheperd, Montana. Calen has been involved in student government throughout his high school career, serving as a junior class president and then student body president as a senior. A member of the National Honor Society, Calen has maintained a 3.5 GPA.
As an athlete, Calen has been named to the academic all-state team in both football and wrestling, and he feels the lessons he has learned through training his horses and mules have helps in both his academic and athletic pursuits. He believes there are many life lessons to be learned from communication with a horse and gaining its trust.
Carly Odom is the 17-year-old daughter of Jacque and Gary Jaworski of Petal, Mississippi. Carly, who will be a senior next year at Petal High School, has been an honor student since kindergarten and volunteers as a tutor at the local YMCA. She;s also active in the youth group at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Carley began riding at age 4 and joined her local 4-H club when she was 8. She has won numerous district championships and qualified for the regional championships showing her Paint Horses. She also has been reserve champion individual on the state 4-H horse judging team and top 10 at the 4-H nationals. An active member of the Mississippi Paint Horse Club, Carly has won many awards, including high-point youth in 2011.
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