Oak Hill’s Williamson signs rodeo scholarship to Northwest

 Mallory Williamson, seated middle, was surrounded by friends, family and coaches Friday for Williamson to officially sign a rodeo scholarship with Northwest Mississippi Community College.

One of the top high school barrel racers in the state has signed a rodeo scholarship to represent Oak Hill Academy at the next level.

Surrounded by friends, family and coaches, Oak Hill’s Mallory Williamson officially put pen to paper on Friday to compete for Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia after she graduates.

Northwest Rodeo Coach Shelli Benton said Williamson would take online classes, but still be a part of the team based in Senatobia.

“(Williamson) is going to stay home and do online classes, but she will travel with us to all of the rodeos, and compete on behalf of Northwest. Just excited to have one of the top of the state here in terms of barrels, even though she will also compete in breakaway and goat-tying.”

Williamson has ridden horses since she was six years old and will carry that ambition to the collegiate level. However, she also has her sights set on the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

I’m so excited I can’t even explain how excited I am,” Williamson said.

When asked why she chose Northwest over some of the other schools making the pitch to her, she said the involvement with Benton made the difference,

“The coach showed a lot of interest in me, always kept in touch,” Williamson said. “I liked the atmosphere, they offered online classes to where I could stay home and work with my horses privately. I knew a bunch of other people on the team, too.“

Williamson is the daughter of Wes and Michelle Williamson. She plans to study to be a veterinary tech.