Kali shoots a Volquartsen USA Olympic Team custom, #70 out of only 100 guns produced, with a Hawke Endurance 30 WA 2.5-10×50.
She started shooting three years ago through the National Junior High School Rodeo Association while competing in other rodeo events. In 2017 she won her first competition in her class in the state finals and qualified for nationals.
Now Kali Thompson, a sophomore at Wyandotte High School and a member of the Cherokee Nation, has earned her 2nd State Champion title in Light Rifle Shooting.
Kali is also in the Kansas High School Rodeo Association (KHSRA) national team. Kali qualified in 2 events, Goat Tying and Light Rifle.
In July Kali travelled to Rock Springs WY to compete at the 70th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants compete for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSRA World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20- based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds- to advance to the Short Go. World Champions are then determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
In addition to rodeo Kali enjoys hunting, running track, playing basketball and is an active member of the Bar-None Cowboy Church.
Kali has been training with Mike Nelson at Excalibur Sporting Goods in Afton, OK for three years and last year placed 16th in the nation at the High School National Shooting Competition in Gillette, WY.
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