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Pearsall’s Jackson Beever, Nathan Kerth of Brazos County, Carlos Villarreal of Webb County and Sam Davis from Nueces County, earned several medals during competition at the 2022 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The four youths are members of the shotgun team representing the entire state of Texas at the event.
On the first day of competition, the team took second place in Sporting Clays. Jackson and Sam had individual scores that tied with competitors from other states and they each won their separate shoot-offs with Jackson earning tenth place and Sam earning fourth place.
On the second day of competition, the team persevered through extremely windy conditions and took first place in Skeet. Jackson won the individual event outright, breaking 99 out of 100 targets. Sam tied individually and secured fourth place in his shoot-off.
On the third day, the team competed in Trap but were not as successful as their prior two events. In all three events combined, the team placed second in the nation. Sam was third and Carlos placed tenth place individually.
Team members were selected from the many high school aged youths who submitted a lengthy application that highlighted not only their shooting ability, but also their academic achievement as well as other extracurricular activities and civic involvement.
Representing the State of Texas in this national competition requires the aspiring youth to be involved in their local county 4-H Club, such as the Frio County 4-H Claybusters, the Brazos County 4-H Sportsman, the Nueces County 4-H Trap and Skeet, the Webb County 4-H Shooting Sports, and many others in this state.
“The Frio County 4-H Claybusters has had an impressive number of its past and present members qualify for the state team over the years,” Frio 4-H Claybusters representative Adam Beever said. “These opportunities would not be possible without the strong support from our local community, from the County of Frio and from the City of Pearsall.”