NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

MSC 3189, P.O. Box 30005
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8005
(505) 646-3007

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NEWS RELEASE

Wednesday, October 3, 2002 Contact: Olivia Lara, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release: Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804


FRESHMAN FROM ALBUQUERQUE AWARDED RODEO SCHOLARSHIP
Koyle to Compete in Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, and Breakaway Roping

LAS CRUCES, NM – New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, Frank A. DuBois, has selected Tori Lynn Koyle, a freshman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a recipient of the El Valle Eagles Rodeo Scholarship for the academic year 2002-2003. “Tori Lynn has remarkable rodeo and academic achievements going into her first year in college. She will be a true competitor and should represent NMSU well,” said Secretary DuBois. Koyle says, “I’m real happy about receiving this scholarship and look forward to contributing to the NMSU Rodeo Team.”

Koyle attended Los Lunas High School in Los Lunas, New Mexico, her freshman and sophomore years and was home schooled the last two years of high school. She was an honor roll student at Los Lunas High School and named “Who’s Who Among High School Students.” Her overall grade point average was 3.6.

Among her rodeo achievements, Koyle was the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association (NMHSRA) Goat Tying Reserve Champion in 2002; New Mexico Rodeo Association (NMRA) Rookie of the Year in breakaway roping in 2001; and New Mexico Junior Rodeo Association (NMJRA) Breakaway Roping Champion in 2001. Koyle was also in the top ten in breakaway roping for the NMRA as well as in barrel racing for the NMHSRA in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Koyle’s parents are Mike and Lynn Ray from Albuquerque. She has an older brother, Dustin Koyle, and younger sister, Kaity Ray.

For more information on the NMSU Rodeo Team, visit the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship website at http://www.nmsu.edu/~duboisrodeo.

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Editor’s Note: Media interested in obtaining an action photo of Tori Lynn Koyle may call Dyanne Peña at (505) 646-3008.