Waylon Lucero has been awarded the Chase Regester Memorial Scholarship and will receive $1,300 for the 2010-11 academic year.
This scholarship is designed to honor the memory of Charles L. Regester III, known by friends as “Chase” (May 29, 1986-Aug. 2, 2006), who was raised on a ranch and spent his childhood and youth involved in 4-H, rodeos and ranch life. He graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in May 2005 and was pursuing ranching as a career. Chase loved animals, the great outdoors, his friends and family and had a great sense of humor and a “whipping and spurring” approach to life. This scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lindner to honor Chase and his family for living and preserving the history and traditions of the American West. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell, Jr. also contributed to the endowment.
Waylon was raised in Pagosa and has been ranching, riding horses and rodeoing since he was 4 years old. He has been an active member of 4-H for eleven years and has held a variety of leadership positions.
“4-H has taught me so much,” stated Waylon. “4-H is an incredible program, where you are required to do public speaking in reference to the various projects you are participating in, as well as community service projects throughout the year.” His success in raising swine and goats are exhibited in the several championship titles he’s won at the County Fair.
A real passion for Waylon has been wrestling, where he’s been a member of the high school team for four years and is a varsity letterman. He also played football for three years, earning a letter as well. Waylon tributes the time he’s spent in sports to what he’s learned about discipline and commitment. “Wrestling is a very demanding sport; it requires tremendous dedication and often teaches lessons in humility,” wrote Waylon.
Away from school, Waylon participates in rodeo events and has spent four years as a participant in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA) and one year on the High School Rodeo Association Team. Waylon competes in steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, flag race and bull riding and was a national qualifier in the NLBRA this year in team roping.
His love for the outdoors and wildlife were introduced to him by his family and Waylon is an avid hunter and horseman. This passion has helped guide him in choosing a career. He has been accepted at Adams State College where he plans to seek a degree in wildlife biology and pursue a career working with the Division of Wildlife.
Waylon has a great sense of self, old-fashioned manners and knows how to work toward achievements and personal success. The Western Heritage Event Center Board of Directors is pleased to support such a fine and well-rounded young man who serves as a role model for all teenagers and 4-H members.
This scholarship is designed to support a student pursuing post-secondary education of any variety which can include university, college, community college, technical, business, vocational, agricultural or ranch training program. The basic requirement for any scholarship applicant is that they have participated in rodeo, 4-H, FFA or have agriculture or ranching background and upbringing during their high school years.