HOUSTON, Texas (KBTX) — It was Texas A&M night at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Friday night.
This brought out many notable Aggies to celebrate and represent the university. Joe Ramirez, the vice president of student affairs, and Jackie Sherrill started the evening at the rodeo by speaking with a group of future Aggies and students from across the state. The men gave pep talks to the group ahead of their event, the calf race.
Ramirez talked about being a leader and looking out for each other.
“I spoke about leadership and the importance of leadership today, and the fact that they will be the future leaders of our state, our nation and our world, and the great importance and the great responsibility of Carrie,” he said.
Sherrill spoke about taking responsibility and staying dedicated throughout the evening. He was full of energy after seeing the event and was proud of the accomplished group.
“You have to give these kids a lot of credit. It will be a memory for the rest of their lives,” he said.
Of the 30 competitors, 15 left by winning a calf. This was provided by a donor. The students will raise the calf over the next year and bring it back to the rodeo in 2023.
One of those winners was a high school freshman from Caldwell.
“A [calf] luckily i ran right at me, and i jumped towards him and he pulled me to the ground and he kind of stepped on me and ripped my jeans all over, but all i can say, it takes a lot of dedication, and you can’t give up,” said Hadleigh Novosad.
Novosad has a few more years to go before she needs to think about college, but A&M night was special for her.
“I hope to be an Aggie. I grew up in all the traditions that have stuck with me and I just want to be a part of it,” she said.
Ramirez said he was happy to be one of the many people in attendance representing Texas A&M and was glad the university played such a big role in the rodeo.
“A very special night to be here tonight, a lot of people who love A&M, support A&M and think highly of A&M. Of course those of us who wear the ring and are proud to be Aggies are just a proud night for us to be here at the Houston Cattle Show and Rodeo,” he said.
A third surprise pep talk came from gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles. The group of students were shocked to see her, some even cried when she entered the room.
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