WINTER HAVEN - The local 4-H shot gun club proved to be a strong contender at the recently held annual Florida 4-H State Shotgun Match.

In its 12th year in Washington County 4-H, Sure Shots 4-H Club demonstrated strong performance in both team and individual competitions at the state match. 4-H Shooting Sports is a nationwide program that emphasizes safe use of firearms in a recreational setting.

National Agriculture Safety Awareness Week was observed March 4-10.

The local club competed against teams from across the state.

The intermediate team came in first overall. The following includes individual rankings: Drew Fleener - third in skeet, trap and sporting clays, and third overall; Landen Pettis - fourth in skeet, sixth in trap; and Jacob Pettis - eighth in skeet and seventh in trap.

The senior team came in second overall. The following includes individual rankings: Conner Barret - fifth in skeet and ninth in sporting clays; Cole Dillard - fifth in trap, seventh in sporting clays, sixth in overall and a national team bid; Dylan Rudd - ninth in skeet; and Dylan Williams - eighth in sporting clays.

Over the two-day competition, members shot 50 rounds of trap, 50 rounds of skeet and 50 rounds of sporting clays.

"Shooting sports can be a life-long pursuit, and extensive studies show that participation in this program develops confidence, responsibility, discipline and conservation ethics in its members," 4-H Agent Julie Pigott Dillard wrote in an email. "Sure Shots 4-H Club members are grateful for the support of their team of dedicated coaches Andy Fleener, Nick Dillard, Gary Clark and Sam Rudd."   

For more information on how 4-H can positively impact the life of your child, contact 4-H Agent, Julie Pigott Dillard, at 638-6180 or