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Student Spotlight: Tatum Hall

Panhandle State Communications on 09/14/2022 Tatum Hall Tatum Hall

Panhandle State Senior Tatum Hall was named the 2022-2023 Central Plains Region Student Director for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Hall is the first OPSU student to have this position since 2015. As the Student Director, Hall will be responsible for the region's finances and ensuring the national sponsors are represented at all of the regional rodeos. She will also be the voice for the entire Central Plains Region student body.

Originally from Springfield, Colorado, Hall will graduate in May of 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She credits Professor Justin Collins for his influence on her decision on a major. "Doc makes things relatable, is reasonable, and keeps things interesting."

Hall has been on the Panhandle State Rodeo Team since 2019. She said she looks up to her coach, Shelbie Rose, and is thankful to be under her leadership.

"Tatum is the kind of athlete coaches dream to coach. She's responsible, takes care of her schoolwork, and works hard. I'm so excited for her to be the student director for our region. Since I am the Faculty Director for the region, I look forward to working with Tatum and coaching her during her final season here. She has a bright future ahead, and I can't wait to see where life takes her," stated Shelbie Rose.

Hall favors the small family community that Panhandle State offers. "The relationships with my teachers and everyone on campus have made my experience great. My rodeo teammates are my family, and I am so thankful for them."

If she isn't roping, you can find Hall working at the No Man's Land Café in Texhoma. She has two siblings, Porter and Conley. After graduation, she plans to stay in the rodeo industry and hopes to build roots around the Panhandle region. She also does booking for Mark Freeman and hopes to keep doing that after graduation.