Dixon wins 4-H state clays invitational
By Jakyn Tyson
The 2022-23 Emanuel County 4-H Trap, Skeet & Sporting Clays team competed in the Georgia 4-H Sporting Clays Invitational at Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta on April 1st. Emanuel County 4-H had shooters place in the contest.
Paxton Dixon, 8th grader at David Emanuel Academy, placed first in the Junior Division with a score of 83. In the Senior Division, 12th Grader Jack Williams placed second with a score of 87 and was followed in third place by DEA 9th grader Cooper Riner with a score of 86. Other youth competitors were Sam Williams, Maddox Robertson, Spencer Lawrence, and Olivia Boatright.
The competition was also open to adult shooters and several Emanuel County volunteers competed. Ed Akridge placed 5th in the adult division. Chelsey Dixon Adam Boatright, and Brad Williams also participated.
The State 4-H Sporting Clays Invitational Match is a 100-target per discipline event. Proceeds from the shoot are used to support Georgia 4-H Shotgun Teams that advance to National 4-H Shooting Sports events.
The 4-H shotgun program is open to 6th through 12th grade students in Emanuel County who are enrolled in the 4-H Program. All 4-H’ers are coached by volunteer leaders from the 4-H program who are certified instructors.
4-H provides fun, exciting, and educational events year-round for youth in 4th-12th grade. For more information about Emanuel County 4-H and how you can get involved as a member, volunteer, or donor, contact Jakyn Tyson at the Emanuel County Extension Office at (478) 237-1226.
Jack Williams (left), Cooper Riner (center), and Paxton Dixon (right) receive medals for their finishes in the competition
4-H shooters at the Georgia 4-H Sporting Clays Invitational (Left to Right) Spencer Lawrence, Olivia Boatright, Jack Williams, Sam Williams, Paxton Dixon, Maddox Robertson, and Cooper Riner