Hard work and a challenge
Whoever says today’s young people have no ambition and don’t work hard has never met Cade Svoboda.
The seventeen year old Ord resident doesn’t know anything but how to work hard.
And he excels in nearly every aspect of his school and athletic career at Ord High School.
He plays football, wrestles, runs track, and in high school rodeo, is a bareback rider, steer wrestler, and team roper.
He’s the reserve state champion wrestler in Class C-1 in the 170 lb. division and was named to the Class C-1 All-State Honorable Mention team and to First Team All-Districts in 2013 and 2014.
The junior is no slouch in the classroom, either. In preparation for college, he’s taken the ACT test three times, with his best score a 28 (out of 36). He plans on taking it twice more, in hopes of scoring a 30.
Cade is a member of his school’s FFA chapter, has a 4.0 GPA, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad team, and quiz bowl.
What makes the cowboy and all around student athlete tick? His wrestling and track coach, Derry Trampe says he’s a hard worker who is “a tough kid, hard core, and that’s probably why he’s a rodeo athlete,” Trampe said. “He’s an outstanding young man. He’s one of those kids who goes above and beyond, and that’s what makes him stand out.”
But it goes beyond his will to succeed, Trampe said. Cade is always willing to help others, too. “He’s one of those kids who really cares about people.” Cade faithfully helps with the school’s youth wrestling program, and he helps coach junior high wrestling as well. “He’s willing to give back,” Trampe said. Coach also likes to tease him about being so intelligent. “He’s just extremely bright. I always tell him, if I have a question, I go to him. He’s the Wikipedia of sports.”
At the 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., he was part of three- member team for the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association who won first place. Each member (including Madison Clark and Jayde Atkins) won a $1,500 scholarship.
Cade comes from a rodeo family. His dad, Von, rode bulls and bareback horses and was a steer wrestler and team roper. His mom, Angie, grew up showing cattle, and his grandpa, Jim Svoboda, competed in all the rodeo events and is a nationally known rodeo photographer.
Cade qualified for the Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo his freshman and sophomore years and is on track to do it again this year, in the bareback riding, steer wrestling, and possibly in the team roping. He made Nationals in junior high rodeo his seventh and eighth grade years,
In high school football, the 6’3” 180 pound athlete played offensive lineman and defensive end, not because Ord is short on players, but because he’s demanding of himself and aggressive at both positions.
His favorite sport is whatever season it is: football, wrestling, track, or rodeo. “Whatever I’m doing,” he said.
A few smaller colleges have been eyeing Cade, but he’s undecided about where he’ll attend college. He’d like to be asked to walk on for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and he’ll go to a few Nebraska football and wrestling camps this summer in hopes of getting noticed.
Whatever he does, he’ll go at it full bore. “He doesn’t step down from a challenge,” Trampe said.
Cade has an older brother, Cole, who is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a younger sister, Cora who is sixteen.
The Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo will be held in Hastings on June 18-19 at 10 am and 6 pm and at 1 pm on June 20. For more information, visit AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com or hsrodeo-nebraska.com, or call 402-462-3247.