St. Paul, Ore. (June 3, 2019) – The St. Paul Rodeo has announced the recipients of its annual scholarships.

Megan Tuck and Rachel Vela, both 2019 graduates of St. Paul High School and residents of St. Paul, have been awarded $4,000 scholarships.

Tuck, the daughter of Jason Tuck and Karen Tuck, played volleyball, basketball, softball, and was involved in FFA, FBLA, Virtue First, DECA, Key Club, and was a member of the National Honor Society. For her community service work, she helped with youth softball and basketball clinics, FFA road clean-ups, food drives, and a variety of other activities.

Vela, the daughter of Julio and Kimberly Vela, ran cross country, track, and played basketball and softball. She was involved in the Salem Youth Orchestra, Key Club, DECA, held student body offices, and was a member of the National Honor Society. In community service work, Vela helped make and donate fleece blankets to hospitals, helped with a blood drive, and volunteered in Guatemala.

Both young women are volunteers with the St. Paul Rodeo, mainly because of their participation in high school sports. The St. Paul High School Booster Club is responsible for manning the rodeo’s parking lots and concessions stands, and Tuck and Vela have worked in both capacities since their junior high days.

Tuck estimates she works three or four of the rodeo’s six performances every year, but it’s worth it, she said. The rodeo “is such a big part of our community, any little piece we can do to help makes a really big difference, and that’s what’s important to me.”

Vela also enjoys volunteering with the rodeo, which this year runs July 2-6. “My favorite part is the people that it brings in, and the environment. Everyone in town gets really excited and is talking about the upcoming rodeo. It’s cool to see how much that event means to our community. It’s a focus point for our community to get behind.”

Tuck will attend the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College and hopes to major in political science. Vela will attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and major in exercise science with the goal to become a physician assistant.

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. Tuck’s mother Karen is a rodeo association member.

This year’s rodeo runs July 2-6, with performances each evening at 7:30 pm and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Tickets are on sale online at www.StPaulRodeo.com.

For more information, visit the website or call the rodeo office at 800.237.5920.

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