Congratulations to the Whatakid of the month, Sterling White! The Happy, Texas native is a competitor in the tiedown roping and team roping in Region 1. He has been a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association all four years of his high school career, and he competed in the junior high division three years before that.
Throughout his time competing in rodeos and being a member of the THSRA, Sterling said he has learned to better manage his time and improve his self-motivation. “The rodeo atmosphere has taught me responsibility with my livestock, hard work in my events, and the value of upholding my word.”
Rodeo tends to be a generational event, and for the White family it is no different. Sterling expressed how his grandfather, Tuffy Thompson is a two-time world steer roping champion as well as the person Sterling looks up to most. “He has always taught me to help others and honor your word.” In addition to positive character traits a relevant life lessons, Sterling also acquired his calf roping horse, Catdaddy from his grandfather.
Outside of the rodeo arena Sterling is a member of student council, FCCLA, NHS and FCA, as well as a Varsity basketball and Varsity golf team member. He has proven both his academic and athletic talents as he is an A-Honor Roll student, NHS member, 2-time All State Golfer, All state Basketball player, State semi-final basketball team, 2015 Runner-up Golf team, 2016 State Champion Golf team and 3rd place Individual Medalist 2016. He also expressed his ability “to dunk a basketball.”
Though his extracurricular activities take up quite a bit of time, Sterling still manages to stay on top of his practices in the arena as he strives to live his life by the motto of “work hard and give all of the glory to God.”
Sacrifice often accompanies hard work and dedication. However, Sterling explained how his sacrifices include going home and practicing rather than hanging out with his peers. He also keeps a close eye on his finances as he tries to save his money for entry fees. The sacrifices do not seem to be too much as Sterling explained his favorite part of the THSRA organization is the lifetime friendships he has acquired and the willingness of everyone to help each other.
Sterling expressed his gratitude toward Whataburger for their sponsorship of the THSRA and how blessed he feels to be selected as the Whatakid of the month. “It is an honor to be selected from a group of many other deserving competitors,” Sterling said. Once he graduates, Sterling plans to further his education and participation in sports on the collegiate level. We wish the best for Sterling the rest of his THSRA career and in all of his future endeavors!