Three local 4-H members were among 32 Minnesota youth and 10 adults who represented the state at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships in Grand Island, Neb., on June 23-28, which saw 661 young people from 36 states compete. 

Alicia Sandberg, of Chisago County, participated in Recurve Archery; Patrick Smith, of Isanti County, participated in Compound Archery; and Cecilia Smith, of Isanti County, participated in Air Pistol.

They took part in shooting competitions all three days, with Cecelia placing the highest of the trio at 10th out of 51 entrants in Air Pistol Silhouette. 

These youth were selected to represent Minnesota through an application process following their participation in the 2018 Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational. The 32 youth represented 19 counties in Minnesota.  

The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Program began in the 1980s and has grown to 4,000 4-H members and 500 adult leaders.  

4-H members may become involved in the program in the following disciplines: Air Rifle & Air Pistol, Archery, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloading, Shotgun and Wildlife. 

Adults can become certified discipline instructors by attending a weekend workshop and instructing youth in their county. 

To learn more about the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Program, go to

At the 20th annual National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships in Grand Island, Minnesota 4-H members participated in a number of events to show their skill and knowledge. Youth practiced with a coach prior to participating in the events in Nebraska and participated as an individual in their events, as well as a team. 

Each participant competed in three different events to compile their total score. Awards ceremonies were held each night for the daily events, and an overall awards ceremony was held at the completion of the event. 

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