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St. Paul Rodeo awards scholarships
St. Paul, Ore. (May 29, 2020) – For the 48th year, St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo has awarded two scholarships to area youth.
Isabela Hockett and Zach Brentano will each receive $4,000 towards their college education.
Hockett, a 2020 graduate of St. Paul High School, was active in a variety of clubs and organizations throughout her high school career.
She held offices in DECA and the Associated Student Body, was a member of the Health Occupations Club, FFA and Choir, Virtue First, and was team manager for the track and field and cross country sports.
She volunteered at her school and with the Newberg Providence Medical Center and the Woodburn Relay for Life, and at the St. Paul Rodeo.
After suffering three concussions her eighth grade year, she struggled to regain her focus with schoolwork. Those struggles helped define her career path; she will attend Boise (Idaho) State University and major in a health-related field with the goal of becoming a registered dietician. Maintaining a healthy diet was instrumental in her recovery from the concussions.
Hockett has volunteered with the rodeo, working concession stands and parking lots for the St. Paul High School Booster Club.
The rodeo is something she loves. “It’s a special time,” she said. “It’s in a beautiful place, with so many people cheering, having fun and laughing. It’s a great time, definitely my favorite time of the year.”
The daughter of Bryan and Veronica, she was on the St. Paul High School honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society.
The second recipient of a St. Paul Rodeo scholarship is Zach Brentano.
Brentano will begin his second year of college at Oregon State University, where he is a math major.
A 2019 St. Paul High School graduate, he was involved in DECA, FBLA, FFA, Virtue First, Key Club, and played three sports (football, basketball and baseball) all four years of high school, lettering in basketball and baseball four times each and football three times.
Math has always come naturally to him. He remembers, as a youngster, sitting in the back of the car while traveling, multiplying the numbers on road signs. By third grade, he could multiply two digit numbers in his head. As a preschooler, he would sit with his sister as she did her kindergarten homework and do the math with her.
Brentano’s dream job is to work as a sports analyst with the Portland Blazers or a college football team.
He began his St. Paul Rodeo volunteer work with the St. Paul Parish chicken barbecue stand, serving soda, then graduated to making strawberry shortcake and working the cash register. In high school, he volunteered as a parking lot attendant for two to three rodeo shows a year.
He loves the St. Paul Rodeo for the significance it brings to his hometown. “It’s an identity for the town, something that is super cool,” he said. “I get to claim to be from St. Paul, and people really want to come and experience” the rodeo.
The son of Pete and Wendy, Brentano was on the honor roll in high school, a member of the National Honor Society, and was on Oregon State’s honor roll for his freshman year.
The St. Paul Rodeo Association awards two scholarships each year; one to a graduating senior of St. Paul High School and one to a child of a St. Paul Rodeo Association member. Brentano’s parents are St. Paul Rodeo Association members. The rodeo began awarding scholarships in 1973; since then, over $200,000 has been given.
This year’s St. Paul Rodeo has been canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 rodeo will be held June 30-July 4, 2021.
For more information, visit StPaulRodeo.com.
Isabela Hockett is the recipient of a St. Paul Rodeo scholarship. The 2020 St. Paul High School graduate will attend Boise (Idaho) State University to pursue a career as a registered dietician.
Zach Brentano, who has completed his first year of college at Oregon State University, has received a 2020 St. Paul Rodeo scholarship. He is a math major and was on the college honor roll last year.