Nebraska high school cowgirl gets opportunity to go to law school

HERSHEY, Neb. – A high school rodeo athlete in Nebraska was cleared for the Rural Law Opportunity Program.

Mekenna Fisher, Hershey, Neb., a senior graduate, is one of five young people from across the state chosen for the program, which consists of tuition waiver, LSAT test prep assistance and guaranteed admission to the University of Nebraska Law School. Participants must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in their undergraduate studies.

The cowgirl is in her fourth year competing with the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association. She participates in barrel racing, pole bending, roping breakaway, tying and goat cutting.

She followed an assistant district attorney to the Lincoln County, Nebraska, courthouse, sitting on the day of sentencing. She is thinking of specializing in agricultural law or criminal justice. “It sounds like it would be a lot of fun being in the courtroom and arguing cases.”

At Sutherland High School, Fisher plays volleyball and is involved in band, choir, speech, drama, quiz bowl, FBLA, FCA, FFA, student council, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Last fall, she won a silver emblem at the FFA’s national convention on impromptu public speaking. For this competition, young people have 30 minutes to prepare a five-minute speech on a subject proposed to them during the competition. Her topic this year was “Which groups should be consulted when developing food and fiber policy?” She has a method for her preparation. “I have a process for writing and memorizing my speech,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be memorized, but it looks better if you do.”

Public speaking is something she excels at. “I like talking to people and I like to think I’m creative in discussing a topic. I’m pretty organized too.

She will attend Chadron (Neb.) State College this fall and, after graduating there, will attend Lincoln Law School, which will take three years. The RLOP requires graduates to begin their law practice in a rural area.

While studying at Chadron State, Mekenna will participate in the college rodeo.

At the high school rodeo, she is the 2021 Nebraska High School Rodeo Cup Champion and has competed in the state finals, held in Hastings, for the past three years.

She is the daughter of Levi and Keri Fisher.

She, along with approximately 150 other young high school competitors, will compete in the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings June 10-12. The rodeo will take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit or, or call (402) 462-3247.

Jon J. Epps