Archery rewarded by Johanna Hicks

Hopkins County 4-H Archers Competition

Many people are mistaken in thinking that 4-H is about showing animals. Quite the contrary! The Texas 4-H program offers so much more. There are many opportunities for involvement including leadership, community service, food and nutrition, fashion and interior design, photography, archery, hobbies, animal husbandry, etc In fact, one of the most popular projects is Foods & Nutrition, not just in Hopkins County, but across the state.

4-H gives young people skills that can be used throughout their lives. Learning responsibility and how to treat others is of utmost importance. There are project workshops, individual project entries, contests, camps, 4-H meetings, special events and more through the 4-H program.

Recently, seven Hopkins County youth participated in 4-H District Archery. Coached by Stephanie Stewart and assisted by Brad McCool, the young archers returned home with great rewards. Below are the results:

  • Senior Division: Jaqlyn Chapman, unaided compound, 2n/a place
  • Intermediate Division: Marilena Reyes, unaided compound, 4and place
  • Intermediate Division: William Mason, assisted compound, 9and place
  • Middle Division: Hunter Rich, assisted compound, 14and place
  • Junior Division: Bryce McCool, compound unaided, 1st place
  • Junior Division: Roy Duffey, compound unaided, 4and place
  • Junior Division: Aaiden Wisniewski, unaided compound, 10and place

Congratulations to each of these 4-H members. We hope to see more good things as they progress through the sport shooting project!

Multi-County 4-H Camp

Each year, members of our Hopkins County extension staff serve on the multi-county 4-H camp planning committee. Held in Lone Star, Texas at the Lakeview Baptist Conference Center, the camp offers workshops, group activities, swimming, paddle boating, recreation and more. Registration is in progress. Camp dates are July 11-13 and the cost is $125, which covers two nights of accommodation, six meals, a camp t-shirt, and all workshop activities.

The camp is open to all youth in grades 3-12, regardless of their 4-H membership status. However, young people must complete a registration form and return it to their respective county extension office. The Hopkins County deadline is June 1. Our group will carpool to the location. Parents are invited to attend the awards ceremony on the closing day. Contact the Hopkins County Extension Office at 903-885-3443 for more information.

Final Thought

The major key to your best future is you – Jim Rohn

Contributed by Johanna Hicks, BS, M.Ed. Photos courtesy of Brad McCool

Earnest A. Martinez