SAINT AUGUSTINE – St. Johns County Toxophily (love of the bow) 4-H Archery Club earned a variety of honors Feb. 17 at the annual 4-H Traditional Archery Match at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex. Youth from the age divisions of Juniors (8-10), Intermediates (11-13) and Seniors (14-18), competed in this statewide event. Traditional archery involves shooting a recurve bow without sights or stabilizers. The state no longer has a separate division for unsighted recurve so this match was developed to allow recurve archers the opportunity to compete against archers with comparable equipment
In the Junior division, St. Johns 4-H’ers placing included: Anthony Martin, 3rd; Lucy Morin, 5th; John Goff, 6th; Taryn King, 7th; Waylon Wells, 8th; Teoman McEvoy, 9th; and Liam Dykeman, 10th place.
Placing in the Intermediate division were Anastaysia Frey, 5th and Angelica deVita, 6th place.
The Seniors, two of whom are returning were Mariah DeRenzo, 1st place; Scott Lucier, 2nd place; Peyton Pitcher, 3rd place; and Sachin Mishra, 5th place.
Archers competed in three events; FITA or target archery, Field and 3-D. FITA or target archery is the event shot at the Olympics with a colored target. Depending on division, the archers shot between 15 – 50 yards. Field is shot in the woods using black and white targets arranged in different configurations. The distances were between 10-40 yards. 3-D archery targets are foam game animals at distances of 10 -40 yards and it is also shot in the woods on a walk-through course.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is part of the Environmental Science programming as it takes place outdoors and elements of conservation are included in the curriculum. Archers develop life skills such as decision-making, personal safety, critical thinking and problem solving. They also learn how to manage their feelings in the potentially stressful situations of competition.
Enrollment for the 4-H Youth Development Program takes place each September and is for youth ages 5-18, as of September 1st. Anyone interested in enrolling in the St. Johns County 4-H program for the 2014-2015 4-H year may do so by going to http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml . Caring adults interested in working with youth should contact the St. Johns County 4-H Office (904 209-0430) to learn of the many volunteer opportunities within the 4-H Youth Development Program.
4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. As one of our nation’s oldest, yet most current organizations, 4-H is reaching millions of young people with positive youth development opportunities.