On Saturday, June 4, 2016, 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, Maryland. The American Trap Association AIM program stands for Academics, Integrity, and Marksmanship and is held in each of the states in the United States.

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 (champion); Mo (runner-up); Marcus (third place), and Abigail (high lady). Zachary shot 69 targets.

The Junior Gold team, consisting of members Natalie Schiazzi, John Schroyer, Amelia Summers, Trevor Mullen, and Matthew Lenhart, also placed first in the singles competition in the state with a total score of 381. Individual member awards were given to Matthew (second place) and Natalie (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 SAT’s, arriving in time to register to shoot. In the singles event, he scored a 91 out of 100 targets in the sixteen-yard competition.

In the Pre Sub Division doubles competition (50 targets), Hunter McGlaughlin placed first (48), Mo Baker placed second, and Marquis 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 the 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, on July 30 through August 2, 2016.

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 on the first Monday of each month at the 4-H Camp Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. However, the August meeting will be held on August 8, 2016, due to the National AIM Championship.

For further information about the club or if you have any questions, contact Chuck Farmer at 301-418-0918 or the Frederick County 4-H office at 301-600-1589.
4-H members attending the Maryland AIM Championship on June 4, 2016, were: (front row) Zachery Mullen, Abigail McGlaughlin, Marques Miller, Hunter McGlaughlin, Mo Baker; (back row) Matthew Lenhart, Kyle Snowden, Natalie Schiazzi, Trevor Mullen, Amelia Summers, and John Schroye

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