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Maryland 4-H Shooting Shotgun Team Places at National 4-H Invitational

Shotgun Team members included: (L to R) Conrad Arnold, State Coordinator; Evan Charles (Charles Co.) Jake McThenia (Carroll Co.); Kyle Thompson (Kent Co.) Nick D’Asto (Howard Co.); and Coach Jack Kemp (Kent County).

Maryland sent four youth to compete at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational held in Grand Island, Nebraska the week of June 23-29. 546 youth, 156 4-H Volunteer Coaches & over 1200 family members & 4-H volunteers from 35 states participated in the National 4-H Invitational shoot.

The shotgun competition was comprised of 100 targets each in Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays. There were 25 Shotgun teams with 101 youth representing states entered in this event.

The Maryland 4-H Shotgun Team brought home 7th Place Overall.  Team placing by events:  Sporting Clays 11th; Skeet 4th; and Trap 6th.  Evan Charles (Charles County) placed 10th in Trap following a shoot off for the top 10 placing’s.  

Full event results found at

 Congratulations to all the team members on their awesome performances at the Nationals!!  Lots of event photos

All participants at the event were treated to an evening at the Stuhr Museum of Pioneer Life where all gained an awareness of what it was like to be one of the early settlers of the West.  On Thursday, the Maryland delegation toured Hornady Manufacturing where they observed the process of how this company manufactures two million bullets a day.   The next stop for the group was on Friday afternoon when the group toured the Case International plant to observe the manufacture of combines.  Case produces 25 to 27 combines daily at this plant.  Our Maryland 4-H delegation included 4 team members, 1 coach, 7 parents & family members and Conrad Arnold, Extension 4-H Educator, Dorchester County & Maryland State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator.
This trip would not have been possible without donations from the following:
Maryland 4-H Foundation, Maryland 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, Maryland Ag Fair Board, Chesapeake Chapter Safari Club International, Beretta USA, Mid Atlantic Farm Credit, Kent County 4-H, Carroll County 4-H,  Charles County 4-H, Kent County Gun Club, Sudlersville Skeet Club, AGC Gun Club, Maryland 4-H Center,  the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & University of Maryland Extension and many additional donors and supporters of the MD 4-H Foundation Sporting Clays Fundraiser.

Team members and coaches also wish to say Thank You to Shotgun Team Alternate, Tori Mann (Carroll Co.), and other members of the State Teams Practice Squad.

(L to R) Nick D’Asto (Howard Co.); Jake McThenia (Carroll Co.); Coach Jack Kemp (Kent County).  Evan Charles (Charles Co.) Kyle Thompson (Kent Co.)
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