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Magdalena High School student Jaxson Mirabal was recently named to the National High School Rodeo Association Board of Student Officers.  Mirabal was elected as the Vice President.

“It’s cool to know a whole country of kids can have faith in you to represent them,” said Mirabal.

He is believed to be the first New Mexican to ever be appointed to the High School Board. Mirabal was previously the first student from New Mexico ever elected to the Junior High Board of Student Officers. He brother, Joren, would later follow in Jaxson’s footsteps and also serve on the junior high board.

“I did it in junior high and it was a cool experience and I wanted that opportunity as a high schooler,” said Jaxson.

As part of his duties, Mirabal will travel to Indianapolis this October for a national conference. He will also attend the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada this December, along with trips to Salt Lake City and next summer’s NHSF Rodeo in Wyoming to help promote the sport.

Mirabal said he entered his first rodeo when he was 4-5 years old and has been hooked ever since. “It’s a great sport and the work ethic is insane,” said the high school junior. “If you can do rodeo, you can do pretty much anything.”

He comes from a family of cowboys.  His great grandfather and his uncle rode saddle broncs. “I like riding broncs,” said Jaxson.  “The rush and the feeling you get from it is crazy!”

This past season Mirabal competed in calf roping, team roping and saddle bronc riding.  He qualified for nationals in bronc riding.

*photo courtesy of NHSRA

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