Smith County 4-H News – By Katie Martin –  UT Extension Agent

Lauren Gregory, Makensie Barrett, Callie Barrett, Aubrey Croslin, Ellie Johnson, Abby Purtee, Abby Malone, Carson Meeks, Hayden High, and Zachary Smiljanic prepare for the contest with Volunteer Coach Kenny Claywell.

Gary Claywell, Hannah Borck, Bailey Chapman, Spencer Meeks, Isaac Borck, and Lucian Carrick after shooting in the Genesis Division.

Nineteen Smith County 4-H’ers have spent the past eight weeks honing their skills and practicing archery in preparation to compete in the State Archery Jamboree which was held Saturday, March 24th in Cookeville. The following eighteen 4-H members competed against over 400 competitors in the largest contest ever. In the Junior Division was Abby Purtee, Callie Barrett, Dalton Beckman, Lucian Carrick, Aubrey Croslin, Hayden High, and Jude Laurie. In the Junior High Division was Gary Claywell, Carson Meeks, Makensie Barrett, Lauren Gregory, Zachary Smiljanic, Isaac Borck, Hannah Borck, and Abby Malone. Spencer Meeks, Ellie Johnson, and Bailey Chapman competed in the Senior Division. Smith County had five 4-H members who placed in the top 30 overall, and Spencer Meeks was 10th in the Senior High division. More importantly Smith County 4-H’ers exhibited exemplary character and discipline and represented our county well.

We would like to especially thank our volunteer leader, Kenny Claywell, for his time and effort spent training this group.

The 4-H Shooting Sports program develops safe shooting habits in youth ages 8-19. Students practice under the guidance of certified instructors and coaches who have received over 15 hours of training in the areas of safety, techniques, coaching and youth development.

For further information relating to any of the many 4-H activities, events and projects, please contact Katie Martin in the Smith County office of the University of Tennessee Extension at 735-2900.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.