The Barrow County 4-H archery team recently attended the State 4-H SAFE Archery Tournament at Rock Eagle 4-H Center May 3 and came home with multiple awards.
Barrow County had 40 youth attend the competition in multiple categories; Cloverleaf Novice, Cloverleaf Recurve, Cloverleaf Compound, Junior Recurve, Junior Compound, Senior Recurve and Senior Compound. The youth competed in teams and were also scored on an individual basis. The State competition was attended by nearly 800 youth from 40 counties across Georgia.
The Barrow youth did not disappoint either during the grueling competition, in the Cloverleaf Novice category, a team made up of shooters Joshua Griggs, Nicholas Griggs, Stone Hollingsworth and Savannah Phillips took home second place with a combined score of 727 and Stone Hollingsworth had the added distinction of placing second in Novice Individual. Mikah Brown, Eric Howington, Katherine Carlsrud, and Hannah Stepp took third place in the Junior Recurve Team competition with a combined score of 536.
The Barrow County 4-H archery team is coached by 4-H volunteers Angie Engstrom, Jeff Hardegree, Alan Brown, Brian Byrd, Gary McLocklin, Keith Childs, and Matthew Phillips. The youth have been practicing 2-3 times a week since January in the run up to their district competition in Perry and then the State competition at Rock Eagle.
The Barrow 4-H archery team is part of Georgia 4-H’s Project S.A.F.E. program (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) which works to promote safe and proper handling in shooting activities. Barrow County 4-H has three Project SAFE teams; archery, BB gun, and shotgun. For more information on Barrow County 4-H and its Project SAFE programs contact the Barrow County Extension Service at 90 Lanthier Street in Winder (770-307-3029) and speak with County extension coordinator Wanda McLocklin (email@example.com), County extension program assistant Tiffany Coles (firstname.lastname@example.org), or community service specialist Jonathan Page (email@example.com).