Iowa youth compete in National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship

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AMES, Iowa — Delegates from Iowa competed in a variety of disciplines at the 2022 National 4-H Archery Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 26-July 1. Approximately 700 4-H youth from 39 states across the country competed in compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, rifle hunting, muzzle loading and hunting skills.

The 4-H Project Area of ​​Shooting Sports Safety and Education helps youth and their leaders gain knowledge and develop life skills through shooting sports. 4-H members in this project area learn safe and responsible use of equipment, decision-making, self-discipline, concentration and sportsmanship.

The following youth represented Iowa at this national event:

  • Air Rifle Team: Lauren Keller, Wyatt Silhanek, Braden Vik, Collin Vik.
  • Compound archery team: Slade Graham, Jordon Kloth, Ransom Mascher.
  • Recurve archery – individual: Mikayla Kloth, Hope Miller.
  • Muzzleloader Team: William Dunbar, Zane Fisher, Maxwell Owen.
  • Small Arms Team: Jacob Geis, Jared Geis, Elijah Madsen.
  • Shotgun Team: Curtis Campbell, Cael Honnold, Haydan Pestorious, Grant Van Nice.
  • Wildlife Participant: Megan Swarzendruber.

Smallbore rifle coach Les Bacon shared the improvement he has seen in the kids. “After the National 4-H Shooting Championships are over, it’s an almost completely different group of kids, the growth in skill and confidence is tremendous. Anyone who comes here once wants to come back. Sport shooting is not about winning. It’s about teaching children focus and the determination to overcome challenges to achieve their goals. Shooting sports are about 90% mental and 10% physical,” Bacon said.

Iowa 4-H shooting sports delegates.Mikayla Kloth of Ames took first place overall in the recurve archery competition.

“I decided last summer that I wanted to come to the national championships for recurve archery. Sport shooting taught me that if you have a goal, you have to overcome challenges and focus on how to get where you want to be,” Kloth said.

Official event scores and event photos can be found on the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship website.

For more information about the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program or the Shooting Sports Safety and Education Project area and events, please contact your county extension and outreach office in Iowa State University or visit the Iowa 4-H website at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.

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  • Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports Delegates — Front row, left to right: Megan Swartzendruber (fauna, individual); Hope Miller (recurve archery, individual); Mikayla Kloth (recurve archery, individual); Jordan Kloth (compound archery team); Lauren Keller (air rifle team); Wyatt Silhanek (air rifle team); Slade Graham (compound archery team); Zane Fisher (muzzleloading team); Maxwell Owen (muzzle loading team); Braden Vik (air rifle team). Back row, left to right: Jacob Geis (small caliber rifle team); Allison Brundy (Iowa State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator); Shawn Swartzendruber (wildlife trainer); Curtis Campbell (shotgun team); Ransom Mascher (compound archery team); Jared Geis (small caliber rifle team); Cael Honnold (shotgun team); Hayden Pestorious (shotgun team); Grant Van Nice (shotgun team); William Dunbar (muzzle loading team); Troy Harris (recurve archery coach); Ryan Keller (mouth-loading trainer); Les Bacon (small caliber rifle trainer); Roy Silhanek (Air Rifle Coach); Dale Pike (shotgun trainer); Mike Kloth (compound archery coach)
  • Mikaila Kloth ranked first overall in recurve archery.
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