Youth participate in postal league shooting contests
Cheryl Walker
Extension Agent

Twelve Milam County 4-Hers participated in the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Postal League Contest. The 4-Hers submitted a number of scores from November to March that were witnessed by volunteers.

Congratulations to the following 4-Hers for receiving awards for placing in the top three.

In the junior division, Kevin Junek placed first in precision air rifle and Corbin Preusse won first in compound aided archery.

In the intermediate division, Kellie Foster took third place in precision air rifle.

Congratulations to the following 4-Hers for receiving patches for their participation.

Junior division archery participants were Jason Penick, Joshua Thompson and Dawson Warren. Junior air pistol participants were Kevin Junek and Jimmy Penick.

Intermediate archer participants were Corey Preusse and Jaedon Warren. Intermediate air pistol participant was Kellie Foster with Jake Penick participating in sporter air rifle and Stockton Kruse and Tyler Schillings participating in precision air rifle.

JACKET/BLANKET, PATCH ORDERS—4-Hers that achieve a first place ranking in a state 4-H competition are eligible for a 4-H jacket or blanket. It is the responsibility of the 4-H family to notify the Extension Office when they are eligible for a jacket/blanket or patch awards. Orders and deposits are due in the Extension Office by Aug. 5. Jacket deposit is $30 and patch deposit is $10. The 4-Her will receive the jacket or blanket award at the 4-H Celebration in October.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR JACKET/BLANKET—A Milam County 4-H member is eligible to receive a 4-H jacket or blanket for their achievement in placing first in competition in a state 4-H competition listed: record book, food show, fashion show, state 4-H Roundup, state and national shooting sports, state 4-H photography, receive a Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship, 4-H identification or 4-H judging team competition, wins a class in any livestock competition showing under the title as a 4-H member. Open shows are not included in this award.

A $50 donation from a local sponsor is given to help pay for each jacket or blanket awarded. The 4-Her is responsible for the balance of the jacket or blanket cost. A 4-Her may only win a jacket or blanket once.

PATCHES, JACKET—Those that have previously received a jacket or blanket can receive one free patch each year for winning in one of the state competitions. 4-H families can order additional patches at their own expense.

Order forms are available: at the Extension Office and on the county website. Remember to order by Aug. 5.

RECOGNITION FORMS DUE—Milam County 4-Hers have two more chances to be recognized at the Celebration Event in October. You can submit a record book for county recognition and/or submit a county recognition form by Sept. 13. Forms for the record book and recognition forms are available on the county website, milam., or at the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron. Contact the Extension Office if you have questions, 254-697-7045.

The county recognition forms can be completed each year the guidelines are met, so you can receive the award several years. Here is a listing of the forms available to 4-Hers:

• 4-H Clover Award—Beginner ages (5-8 years old and not in the 3rd grade).

• 4-H Honor Award—Junior (ages 8 to in the 3rd grade 10).

• 4-H All Star Award—Intermediate (ages 11-13).

• 4-H Letterman Award— Seniors (ages 14-18).

NEW YEAR—The new 4-H year will start in August with 4-H Connect opening for new and renewed enrollments of youth and adult leaders. Aug. 15 will be the first day to enroll for the 2013-2014 4-H year.

The cost will be $20 for third graders through 18 years of age. Clover Kids (kindergarten through second grade) and leaders are free.

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