Post Rock holds shooting
Post Rock District 4-H Sharp Shooters held a two- day BB and air rifle gun training in Formoso in mid-February. Walter Willitts, certified 4-H rifle instructor from Burr Oak, and Jeff Stice, assistant instructor from Lebanon, conducted the training. Fourteen area 4-H members and their parents attended the training with 11 attending the full course and receiving air rifle safety certificates.
Those receiving safety certificates were Chris Heise, Spencer Heise, Tayson LaCoe, Bryce Nichols, Kimberlyn Nichols, Cheyenne Stice, Jacob Stice, Jessica Stice, Drakeland Willitts, Mel Willitts and Valencia Willitts.
Safety training not only enables youth to safely shoot a BB gun or air rifle but also certifies them to compete at state qualifying matches for a chance to shoot at the state 4-H match each spring. To compete at state, 4-H members must be nine years old by Jan. 1 and shoot a minimum qualifying score of 300 out of 400 points for BB or 375 out of 600 points for air rifle.
In March, Post Rock District 4-H Sharp Shooters sent three contestants to area BB and air rifle state qualifying shooting matches in Hays and Manhattan with one qualifying for the state 4-H air rifle match, meeting both the age and minimum score requirements. Attending were Tayson LaCoe, Asherville Achievers, and Bryce Nichols and Kimberlyn Nichols, both of West Beloit 4-H club. Bryce Nichols qualified to compete at the Kansas State 4-H air rifle shoot on April 13 in the senior age division placing 51st out of 72 other 15 to19 year olds.
April 21, the Sharp Shooters held their annual Fun Shoot at Ringneck Ranch, Tipton. Forty-six 4-H members attended the shoot and were able to try all six different shooting sports disciplines, which are BB, air rifle, 22 rifle, shotgun, archery, and hunting skills. All equipment was provided for their use. For hunting skills, Tommie Berger and his wife, Theresa, offered a learning experience to identify different fur pelts, skulls, antlers, feathers, fish, and even animal droppings. Parents participated as well.
Each shooting sports discipline has one or more certified instructor plus assistants. Instructors and coordinators are certified through Kansas State 4-H during a three-day training at Rock Springs Ranch. Rifle instructors for BB, air rifle and 22 are Walter Willitts, Burr Oak, Zach Miller, Hunter, and Dirk Nichols, Beloit. Shotgun instructors are Keith Houghton, Tipton, and Shannon Rothchild, Smith Center. Archery instructors are Tommie Berger, Sylvan Grove, David Kirkendall, Lincoln, Kan., and Tony Ifland, Cedar. Hunting skills instructor is Tommie Berger, Sylvan Grove. Coordinators are David Kirkendall, Lincoln, Kan., and Julie Nichols, Beloit.
Target practices will be scheduled this summer for the participants in most disciplines. The sharp shooters can participate in fall competitive matches including local, area qualifiers, and state 4-H matches for shotgun, 22 rifle, and archery held in late September and early October.
Elks lodge honors
Sarah Schwerman, a 2013 senior at Rock Hills High School, has been named Student of the Month by the Fraternal Order of the Elks lodge at Superior.
Sarah is listed on the school honor roll with a GPA of 3.56, has been a member of FFA, FBLA, FCCLA, NHS, STUCO, vocal music, track, golf, all school play and youth group. She has two years of high school Spanish. According to the news release Sarah has excellent communication skills, is computer proficient, energetic, has great leadership abilities, served as an officer of FFA, FBLA and NHS; was crowned prom queen, and was a student council representative.
Sarah's future plans are to attend Cloud County Community College with a nursing major and minor in psychology with a registered nurse's degree.
Sarah lives in Mankato with her parents, Barb and James Schwerman.
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