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September 12, 2001 Contact: Olivia Lara, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804

NMSU Sophomore to Compete in Breakaway, Goat Tying, and Barrel Racing

Las Cruces, NM -- New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, Frank A. DuBois, has selected Jessica O. Curtis, a sophomore from Roswell, New Mexico, as a recipient of the H.W. "Bud" Eppers Memorial Scholarship and the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship for the academic school year 2001-2002. "Jessica will be a great asset to the New Mexico State University (NMSU) rodeo team," said Secretary DuBois. Curtis says, "I get to do something I enjoy while I am getting my college education. Rodeo vents my stress from school as school keeps me focused on rodeo."

Curtis is a transfer student from Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, where she attended her freshman year on a basketball and rodeo scholarship. She qualified for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association's regional finals in Hobbs, New Mexico, in May 2001, where she competed in the goat-tying event.

Curtis attended Goddard High School through her junior year, where she maintained a grade point average of 3.5. She was named "Most Valuable Player" in basketball her freshman year and "All District" honorable mention her sophomore and junior years. She was received the "Academic Achievement Award" from NMSU for high school juniors. Curtis graduated from Mayfield High School in 2000.

Curtis was an active 4-H member between the ages 9 to 18, where she participated in several community projects. She won her first saddle at the age of five. Curtis won many other awards throughout her earlier school years. Other sports Curtis played in high school include soccer and track.

Curtis’ parents are Bob and Mary Curtis of Roswell, New Mexico. She has two older sisters named Brandi Bennett and Christy Wilson.

Other scholarship recipients include James Green, a freshman from Socorro, New Mexico; Andy Lake, a senior from Waterflow, New Mexico, and Bill Snure, a junior from Rodeo, New Mexico.

For more information on the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship program, you may call (505) 646-5063 or logon to


Editor's Note: Media interested in obtaining action photographs of Jessica Curtis may contact Beth Miller at (505) 646-3008.