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Davidson County 4-H Shooting Team Successful at Regional Tournament

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens.  The 4-H shooting sports programs stands out as an example of this.  Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more.  The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with the opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.  The shooting sports curriculum uses the resources of North Carolina State University and the dedication of Cooperative Extension agents and certified 4-H leaders who coach 4-H members in firearm safety and marksmanship.  The shooting disciplines include archery, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle and shotgun.  4-H members have the opportunity to test their shooting skills in county, regional, state, and national competitions.  These clubs work to build valuable life skills and teach such things as decision making, teamwork, self-discipline, and self-confidence.  The goal of the shooting sports program is to promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior.  Clubs can provide a supportive environment in which young people can experience hands on, fun learning.


The Davidson County 4-H Sharp Shooters, coached by Clifton Kiziah had great success at this year’s regional competition.  State Qualifiers from Davidson County include:
Juniors:  Nathan Gobble (Rifle O/Rifle T/Air Rifle/Compound Archery), Levi Cox (Rifle O/Rifle T/Compound Archery), Josiah Scarlett (Rifle O/Rifle T/Muzzleloader), Rebekah Bishop (Compound Archery), Blake Ray (Compound Archery), Bethany Tongel (Recurve Archery)
Seniors:  Caleb Tongel (Rifle O/Rifle T/HS Compound Archery/Match Compound Archery/HS Recurve Archery/Small Bore Pistol), Jackson Westervelt (Air Rifle), Owen Schaefer (Air Rifle), Jonathan Kepley (HS Compound Archery/Match Compound Archery/Small Bore Pistol), Caleb Kiziah (Match Compound Archery), Caitlin Bishop (Match Compound Archery)
State Qualifiers will travel to Ellerbe, NC on September 29th to compete with shooters from across the state.
If you are interested in participating in the Davidson County 4-H shooting sports program, or starting a club, please contact Matt Barber at matthew_barber@ncsu.edu or 336-242-2086.

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