Eight members of the Holmes County 4-H Dead Centers Archery Club traveled to Newberry on Friday, March 7 to prepare to compete in Saturday’s 2014 Florida 4-H State Archery Match.

BONIFAY —Eight members of the Holmes County 4-H Dead Centers Archery Club traveled to Newberry on Friday, March 7 to prepare to compete in Saturday’s 2014 Florida 4-H State Archery Match.

After several months of great coaching under the supervision of 4-H certified volunteers, Jim Forman and Ralph Bowdish, and Niki Crawson, 4-H Agent, the Holmes County 4-Hers rose to the fun challenge of representing the county well in the shooting sports competition in the 4-H youth program.

Of the eight members traveling to the competition, four 4-Hers represented the Junior age category of 8-10: Hannah Faircloth, Layla Hodges, Noah Owens and Carson Sherrouse; three 4-Hers represented the Intermediate age category of 11-13:  Logan Chitty, Jack Middlebrooks and Seth Smith, and one represented the Senior age category of 14 -18:  Jerrett Kandzer.  Each age group was required to shoot three events at various distances appropriate for their age division:  5-color face FITA targets, field targets and 3-D animal targets.

After a long day of competition, the results were very impressive for Holmes County youth.  Beginning with the Junior age category, the results were as follows:  Layla Hodges, 10th place for Instinctive Recurve Bow; Carson Sherrouse, 8th place for Instinctive Compound Bow; Noah Owens, 2nd Place for Instinctive Compound Bow. 1st Place Junior Team Award – Instinctive Compound Bow went to Carson Sherrouse, Noah Owens, and one youth from Osceola County.     

Holmes County 4-Hers in the Intermediates age category placed as follows:  Seth Smith, 6th place for Instinctive Compound Bow; Logan Chitty, 2nd place for Sighted Compound Bow.

In the Senior age category, Holmes County 4-Her, Jerrett Kandzer, received 7th place in the Sighted Compound Bow division and is currently appointed as an alternate for the 2014 National 4-H Archery Competition scheduled to be held in Nebraska in June.

Along with the Holmes County 4-H Agent, Niki Crawson, certified 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers, Jim Forman and Ralph Bowdish, have met with the 4-H members on a regular basis to reinforce shooting sports safety practices and increase skills in the field of archery precision.

“Holmes County 4-H offers a wonderful opportunity for youth to get involved in this popular sport,” said Crawson. “We offer strategies for positive youth development, in-depth safety procedures, and numerous competitive events in the field of shooting sports.  The adults are making positive impacts on the youth while they are learning and having fun.” 

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 5-18, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers.  A variety of fun, educational, social, and engaging activities are offered. 

These programs teach the fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences, which encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently.  For information on how you can get involved with 4-H as a youth, volunteer, or supporter, please contact Niki Crawson at 547-1108, ncrawson@ufl.edu or check out our website at http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu .

4-H is a community of young people ages 5-18 across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H programs are available to young people in all 50 states, U.S. territories and U.S. military installations worldwide, regardless of gender, race, creed, color, religion, or disability. For more information on 4-H, please visit http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu.