Members of the Frederick County 4-H Firepower Club participated in the Maryland AIM Championship at the Harvey’s Cedar Gun Club in Harford County on June 4. The American Trap Association AIM program stands for Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship and is held in every state. Each member shot 100 singles during the competition and 50 doubles.
In the singles category, the Firepower Pre-Sub Squad, which consisted of members Hunter McGlaughlin, Mo Baker, Marques Miller, Zachary Mullen and Abigail McGlaughlin, placed first in the state with a total score of 355. Individual member awards were given to Hunter McGlaughlin, Champion; Mo Baker, runner-up; Marques Miller, third place; and Abigail McGlaughlin, High Lady. Zachary Mullen shot 69 targets.
The Junior Gold team consisted of members Natalie Schiazzi, John Schroyer, Amelia Summers, Trevor Mullen and Matthew Lenhart. The team also placed first in the singles competition in the state with a total score of 381. Individual member awards were given to Matthew Lenhart, second place, and Natalie Schiazzi, High Lady.
4-H member John Schroyer shot his first 25 straight targets, without a miss, and as a custom, the hat he was wearing was thrown in the air while members from each club represented “shot at his hat.” 4-H member Kyle Snowden also participated after taking his SATs and arrived in time to register to shoot. In the singles event, he scored a 91 out of 100 targets in the 16-yard competition.
In the Pre Sub Division doubles competition (50 targets), Hunter McGlaughlin placed first (48), Mo Baker placed second and Marques Miller placed third. In the Junior Gold Division, Matthew Lenhart placed first, (42) Blair Nicholson of Middletown placed second and former club president Natalie Schiazzi placed third.
Matthew Lenhart was also the Shamrock Leather Shoot-Out Winner for state of Maryland and received the Maryland ATA/AIM leather shooting bag.
Many of the 4-H members who attended this event will be participating in the Youth Grand American in Sparta, Illinois, July 30 to Aug. 2.
Other teams participating from Frederick County were Junior Squad members of the Thurmont Top Shots and two Junior Squad teams from the Catoctin Fish & Game Club, who also represented Frederick County well at the event.
The Frederick County 4-H Firepower Club meets the first Monday of each month at the 4-H Camp Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. The August meeting will be held Aug. 8, due to the National AIM Championship. For further information about the club, contact Chuck Farmer at 301-418-0918 or the Frederick County 4-H office at 301-600-1589.