The goal of the 4-H SAFETY, Safe Archery & Firearms Education & Training for Youth, program is youth development. Through participation in firearm safety training and shooting sports activities, young men and women are given the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities critical to the development of productive citizens.
4-H Shooting Sports is a national program with 428,020 young people taking part, making it one of the largest shooting education programs in the United States. In Mississippi, 4-H SAFETY involves thousands of kids and continues to grow annually. An established core of over 700 adult volunteer instructors and 4-H agents provide training and leadership for our program throughout the state.
In Choctaw County, we offer archery, 5meter BB, 10meter Air Rifle, .22 Rifle and Shotgun disciplines. Certified volunteer instructors are: Mike Hughes and Jennifer Juarez - shotgun, Anthony and Fran McGee - 5 and 10m air rifle, .22 rifle and Bo Studdie – archery. For information on our SAFETY program, call MSU Extension – Choctaw County at 285-6337 or stop by the Extension office in the Courthouse Annex in Ackerman.
Eleven youth competed at the District 4-H SAFETY competition April 27 in West Point. Senior 4-H’ers Nicholas Studdie and Isabella Juarez qualified in archery for the State 4-H Invitational July 19-20 in West Point.
5M BB (Junior I)
MiMi Williams 3rd Place/Marksman
Sawyer Henson 4th Place/Sharpshooter 10M Air Rifle Trainer Scoped (Junior I)
Faith McGee 2nd Place/Sharpshooter
.22 LR Open Sights (Junior II)
Benjamin Ryan 8th Place/Marksman
.22 LR Optical Sights (Junior II)
Gavin Burton 4th Place/Expert Cara Henson Marksman
.22 CMP Sporter Match (Senior I)
Selah Ryan Distinguished Expert
Isabella Juarez Expert
Archery Standard Compound (Junior II/Female)
Cara Henson 3rd Place/Qualifier
Archery Standard Compound (Junior III/Male)
Austin Ulmer 9th Place/Qualifier
Archery Standard Compound (Senior II/Male)
Nicholas Studdie 2nd Place/Archer
Archery Compound Bare Bow (Junior III/Female)
Elisha Miller 7th Place/Archer
Archery Compound Bare Bow (Senior I/Female)
Isabella Juarez 2nd Place/Bowman
Sawyer Henson 2nd Place Jr. I
Cara Henson 1st Place Jr. II
Isabella Juarez 2nd Place Sr. I