Woodward will have eight students competing in the state shooting sports events Nov. 12 in Arcadia.
The eight earned their way to the state meet with performances in the Northwest District shooting competitions, said Woodward FFA sponsor Chip Laubach.
The junior and senior shooting teams include Tyler Titus, Lee Murphy, Cameron Langston, Sarah Deweese, Brexton Kornele, Kedrin Haskins, Luke Vanderwork, and Pierce Whitehead.
The junior team placed first in the Northwest District competition held at Fort Supply while the senior team placed second. This is the third year for the junior team to qualify for state and the first for the senior team, Laubach said.
Langston from the senior team placed third in overall individual competition. From the junior team, Kornele placed third and Murphy placed fourth.
“Eight top individuals qualify from the Northwest District and three of those are ours,” said Shannon Deweese, FFA supporter.
The season began for the students on Aug. 26.
“In order to qualify for a team, participants had to attend at least nine of fourteen possible practices,” Laubach said. “We took the top five scores from those practices to determine members of the team. They also had to have eight hours of shotgun training within their shooting sessions to qualify.”
Laubach said several parents have assisted in the program including Shannon and Steven Deweese, who help provide a shooting range for the kids.
“We have some gifted shooters,” Shannon Deweese said. “Both girls and boys. We had some really good shooters who didn’t make the teams. The scores were really tight.
“Last year the National Rifle Association approved a grant to the FFA for use by the shooting team. They provided us with $14,000 to make improvements to the range. We have used the funds to purchase two more skeet throwers, four guns, clay targets, ammunition, and safety supplies. We are very appreciative to the NRA. We wouldn’t be able to do this without their help.”