Wooster's English learning life lessons through rodeo

Published: Jun. 27, 2019 at 6:40 PM PDT
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You won’t find many recent high school graduates with a resume quite like Cashlyn English’s.

“I’ve always been a nerd, I’m very much a nerd, I take school very seriously,” she said.

Her accomplishments in the classroom go on and on. This past year she graduated from the IB program at Wooster, finished her high school career with a 5.3 GPA, and was the student body president for the Nevada State High School Rodeo Association.

“I chose to pursue that diploma and challenge myself a little more and oh what a challenge that was. But it was totally worth it, definitely worth it,” she said of her choice to graduate from the IB program at Wooster.

The future international business lawyer has a passion for learning, talking with others, and meeting new people. But she has an even bigger love: Rodeo, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I was born into it. Born and raised. Since we were little. My dad’s roped forever and we grew up doing it,” she said. “Cole asked me the other day, my little brother, ‘what would we do if we didn’t rodeo and lived in town?’ I was like ‘I don’t know, swim, what else is there to do?’

For those living in town you might think there isn’t much to do out in Palomino Valley where the Englishes live. But Cashlyn has plenty on her plate to keep her busy.

“I’ll feed throughout the week while we’re here, wake up in the morning, go feed, get ready, go to school, Wooster’s about an hour away, I’ll usually go to the gym after school, come home, we’ll rope, ride, do that for about 3 or 4 hours, then we’ll have dinner and go to bed. Do it all again the next morning. That’s the routine and I love it,” Cashlyn said of her busy schedule.

The western lifestyle is something Cashlyn’s been used to from a young age. On the rodeo circuit she started with the basics. With help from her family she got better and better. Then something happened that changed the way she thought about school and rodeo.

“I made nationals my junior year and I was like ‘nope, I have to stick with it, this is me, this is what I love, then we started really hunting for colleges. I knew I really wanted to go to a 4-year because I knew I wanted to pursue a career along with rodeo. So that was important to me to choose a college that had the degree I wanted and had everything else to develop my rodeo skills as well as education. That was just as important to me.”

Utah Valley University wound up checking all the boxes for Cashlyn. She’ll head to Orem, Utah in the coming months and will bring some valuable lessons along with her.

“I think it’s the most humbling sport out there. You have to be very motivated to do it. I guess Dad always says you’re going to miss more than you catch, you’re going to lose a lot more than you win, and I guess that’s really rewarding. It teaches you to be a better person.”

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