About 50 youngsters participated in the Hannibal Area Shooters’ Education Youth BB-Gun League, which held its awards banquet last month.
The firearms safety awareness program was sponsored by the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Travis Moore of the Missouri Department of Conservation, program coordinator, said the program has three main objectives.
“The first is to teach area youths safe firearms handling methods. These skills will be invaluable to them for their entire lives,” Moore said. “The second objective is to provide an alternative sport. For many of these youths, their personal interests lead them to this program.”
The third objective, he said, is to help the youngsters grow individually.
“This not only includes improving their individual shooting skills, but also helping them work as part of a team, establishing an individual identity and growing as a productive member of our community,” Moore said.
And the winners are . . .
First : Coach Malachi Dillman with Madison Johnston and Cody Allen
Second : Coach Jayden Ashe and assistant coach Gabe Thomure with Austin Closser, Catheryn Wagoner and Trinity Tutor
Third : Coach Evan Flaspohler with Jace Miller, Natalie McCammon, Lauran Painter, Sydney Phillips and Joe Elzea
Most Improved : Emma Watkins
Sportsman’s Award : Aurora Shephard
Hatton Award : Jayden Ashe
Ages 7–10 : prone: Aurora Shepherd; stand, Austin Closser; sit, Nicholas Lawson; kneel, Jace Miller. Top gun, Austin Closser, 74.75
Ages 11–13 : prone, Malachi Dillman; stand, Lydia McCammon; sit, Lydia McCammon; kneel, Emma Watkins. Top gun, Lydia McCammon, 81
Ages 14–16 : prone, stand, sit, kneel and top gun, Evan Flaspohler, 88
Ages 17-18 : prone, John Fowler; stand, Brandon Handy and John Fowler; sit, Shelby Patterson; kneel, John Fowler. Top gun, John Fowler, 85
90+targets : Ashton Alvey, Shelby Patterson, Alyssa Fountain, Lydia McCammon and Evan Flaspohler
Pistol: Noah Lawson and Evan Flaspohler
10X recipients : Erin Clark, Kady Minks, A.J. Kolb, Lauran Painter, Caleb Allen, Lydia McCammon, Braden Chestnutt, Aurora Shephard, Brad Tutor, Kurtis McCammon, Taylor Bramblett, Jayden Ash, Natalie McCammon, Trinity Rickey, Taylor Painter, Austin Culp, Noah Lawson, Wyatt Jones, Brandon Handy, Alyssa Fountain, Malachi Dillman, Ashton Alvey, Katherine Painter, AJ (Augustus) Herrin, Gabe Thomure, Sydney Phillips, Jaxon Lay, Evan Flaspohler, David Tutor, Shelby Patterson, Bailee Sue Zinn, Emma Watkins, John Fowler and Nicholas Lawson.