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4-H Shooting Sports Members Take Aim for Adam at Fall Classic
August 28, 2017
On Sunday, August 27, over forty 4-H Shooting Sports members participated in the fourth annual 4-H Fall Classic at Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill. 4-H members from Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties competed in the shooting disciplines of archery, air rifle, .22 rifle, and shotgun. This year members shot in honor of Adam Heyen, a 4-H member of Macoupin County Top Shots, who passed away in May from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. A moment of silence was held at the beginning of this event to honor Adam and youth wore t-shirts with the quote “Take Aim for Adam” on the front side. This shooting sports event was right on target with a good balance of family, friends, fun, and competition.
4-H members participated in their designated shooting discipline and worked on enhancing their marksmanship skills and self-confidence. 4-H members and their families enjoyed an afternoon of shooting and then recognition ceremonies were held after each discipline was finished. At this time, members received awards for their efforts.
4-H Members from Macoupin County who participated in the 2017 4-H Shooting Sports Fall Classic were: Casey, Madalyn, & Maxwell Dugan (Shipman); Blake Jones (Worden); Ariyah Stuemke, Caleb Cloninger, Matthew Eldred, Braylee Gilmore, and Maddie Dunn (Carlinville); Henry and Makayla Kirby (Gillespie); Cadeyn Box (Palmyra); Braxton Bounds (Shipman); and Joscelyn Wagner and Quentin Stead (Virden).
Top Awards from the 2017 4-H Fall Classic were as follows:
Ages 8-9: 1st- Caleb Cloninger (Macoupin); 2nd Place- Madalyn Dugan; 3rd Place- Ariyah Stuemke (Macoupin); Ages10-14: 1st Place- Clayton Handshy (Montgomery); 2nd Place- Bernie Dohrn (Jersey); and 3rd Place- Leann Woodring (Jersey)
Ages 8-9: First Place-Christian Dugger (Jersey); 2nd Place- Zacharia Cotter (Christian); 3rd Place-Bella Richardson (Montgomery); Ages10-14: First Place- Maxwell Dugan (Macoupin), 2nd Place- Jalen Newingham (Jersey); 3rd Place- Braylee Gilmore (Macoupin) Ages 15-18: First Place- Johnathan Brookens (Christian)
AIR RIFLE Ages 10-14: First Place- Casey Dugan (Macoupin); 2nd Place- Abby Erlenbush (Christian)
.22 RIFLE Ages 10-14: 1st Place-Quentin Stead (Macoupin); 2nd Place- Cadeyn Box (Macoupin); 3rd Place-Matthew Eldred (Macoupin)
SHOTGUN Ages 10-14: 1st Place- William Yurick (Jersey); 2nd Place- Blake Jones (Macoupin); 3rd Place- Weston Erlenbush (Christian)
Dedicated volunteers who made this event a success were certified instructors and volunteers from Jersey County: Tony and Becky Taul, Jessica and Jeremy Little, and Duane Vest; Macoupin County: John Dugan, Tony Wagner, and Mark Koskie; Montgomery County: Patti Wartmann, Paul Pershing, Phil Crouch, and David Falter.
Brittany Shooting Park owners have been supporters of Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports since it started in Macoupin County in 2011. They have a great facility where youth can practice their shooting skills in a safe and conducive environment.
The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program promotes the highest standard of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behaviors. 4-H shooting sports help young people develop self-confidence, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and decision-making skills. This program also furnishes enjoyable, positive relationships with peers and adult instructors.
For more information on 4-H Shooting Sports in Macoupin County, please contact your local Extension office at 217-854-9604.