SLV 4-H Scholarship Shoot ‘excited’ with 60 participants


Photos by Marie Mccolm Austin Miller attended the first 4-H Scholarship Shoot at the Del Monte Gun Club on Saturday along with his two sons, Lucas and Tyson Miller, and daughter, Clara Miller. Valley Gun Club donated a shotgun that went to the first-place winner of the 4-H Scholarship Shoot on Saturday at the Del Monte Gun Club. 4-H Youth Area Specialist Morgan Young holds up shirt that was on sale Saturday at the first 4-H Scholarship Shoot at the Del Monte Gun Club.

Event was a fundraiser for SLV Scholar Support grou

MONTE VISTA — Sixty people participated in the first 4-H Scholarship Shoot on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Del Monte Gun Club.

There was a $50 registration fee to enter the first of what organizers plan to be an annual event. The shoot consisted of 100 rounds of sporting clays in both the youth, ages 8-18, and adult divisions. All shooters were encouraged to be on the course by 2 p.m.

Austin Miller attended the shoot along with his two sons, Lucas and Tyson Miller, and daughter, Clara Miller. The boys said they were excited about shooting and their sister said that she would be keeping score and was excited for her brothers. 

4-H Youth Area Specialist Morgan Young was at the event and spoke about the fundraiser.

“We were previously called the 4-H Foundation, and now we are SLV 4-H Scholar Support,” Young said. “We are trying to build up our funds because we would like to give a scholarship to every graduating senior that attends 4-H. We are trying to build up that account. This shoot got going because my husband and I are very much into coming to the Del Mar Gun Club. Also, one of our 4-H projects is shooting sports. This was a good way to get things rolling as far as the scholarship fund. I am really blown away by the turnout today, too. We had 60 people come out today and that is going to help tremendously with the scholarship fund. We are excited.”

Young talked about the importance of college to 4-H, and the fund.

“Furthering education is huge to us here,” Young said. “We aren’t asking for the students who receive our scholarships to go into a 4-year degree program either. We are OK with them just going to a 2-year college, or even a trade school. We just really want to encourage them to further their education and we are making a way for them to do it by helping them with the funding.”

Morgan said 4-H was more than raising animals.

“Honestly 4-H has become such a diversified class of different things,” Young said. “For us that are involved in 4-H, we can’t stress enough how this is all about education for us. We feel it’s important for kids to learn things in all areas. When kids ask us if they can do certain projects, we try to incorporate everything we can. We have of course animal projects where you can raise animals and show them and sell them. We also work on other things, word working, crafting, baking, anything that you can create. We have shooting, archery, there is just so much more to 4-H but to us it’s about promoting education and helping children.”

Young said they promote 4-H education for children for special needs as well.

“We believe in including all children and celebrating their unique abilities. My sister did not speak until she was 5 years old and did very well in 4-H, it really helped her grow and become more social,” Young said.

In the adult division, Jason McCullough took first place, Jordan Norton was second and Ron Reinhardt was third. The youth division winners were Tyson Miller in first place, Lucas Miller in second place, and Scott Hopper in third Place.

Young thanked the Valley Gun Club for their services and the donation of a shotgun to the first-place winner, and Trinchera Ranch for their sponsorship of 4-H Scholarship Shoot.

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