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The President's Corner    July - September 2014

Patti Stoneking

Greetings Fellow KSRA Members!

Hope everyone is having a great summer. I like the mild temperatures so far and many have gotten some much needed rain. Of course by time this message reaches you who knows what could be happening.

I want to thank everyone for having such faith and confidence in my leadership by electing me to yet another term as your President. It has been my pleasure to lead and serve. I have lots of plans for another successful year for KSRA.

We had a great Annual Meeting! Dr. Duane Shepherd from Ft. Hays State University gave a fascinating presentation and attendees were able to participate in some interactive laser shooting. Feedback from participants was that they learned quite a lot and were very happy they attended. Senator Pat Roberts joined us and gave us some insight about what the attitudes and perceptions are in Washington regarding the Second Amendment and the U.N. Small Arms Treaty. He has been on the front lines of fighting against the UNSAT and it appears that we do not have to worry about ratification by the U.S. Senate right now. Of course we must be ever watchful always. We gave six Awards which I always love presenting and which you’ll read about in later pages. Our luncheon was sold out and the food was fabulous. This particular hotel has a great Chef!  We had a surprise visit from Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer who spoke to us about several subjects of interest and mingled with attendees. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Stephen Halbrook who gave an awesome presentation. He spent the entire morning selling his books and autographing them for attendees. I can’t wait to dive in to his newest piece, “Gun Control in the Third Reich”. We auctioned off two guns and the proceeds will go to purchasing other models of guns for our youth shooting activities at Camp Mary Dell.  There was no shortage of bids and I think those competing for the guns enjoyed that spirit of bidding and hoping! All in all it was a great meeting!

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FHSU Team Shoots its Way to Championship at ACUI Nationals
(from the FHSU website)

            Clay target shooters from Fort Hays State University took the Division II Collegiate Clay Target Championships at the national competition of the Association of College Unions International San Antonio, Texas. Tiger shooters broke 2,156 targets out of 2,300 total to place win the division and place third overall for all divisions, I, II and III.

Two team members posted perfect scores in individual events. Damian Giles, North Platte, Neb., senior, posted a perfect score in two events, breaking 100 out of 100 targets in the American Skeet and American Trap events. Ashley Nau, Gering, Neb., junior, also scored a perfect 100 in American Trap.

This was the second consecutive year that Giles was perfect, 200 for 200, in the combined American events.

The FHSU team won three events outright -- International Skeet, International Trap and American Skeet -- and placed in the remaining three, taking second in American Trap and Sporting Clays and tying for third in Five-Stand. Team events are not divided by gender.

Giles and Print Zutavern, Broken Bow, Neb., sophomore, were named All Americans for a second consecutive year.

In all 10 events of the season, including the national championship, said Dr. Duane Shepherd, associate professor of health and human performance and team coach, FHSU either won the high overall or were second.

Shepherd, of course, expressed his pride in the team's accomplishments, but not only for that. "We're always proud of them," he said, "not only as shooters but as individuals. They are non-scholarship and put forth their own time and effort. You have to to be proud of them. They have chosen to reach the level they have reached."

FHSU's team is a student organization supported by some Student Government Association funding. The team also enjoys community support and engages in various fundraising activities.

The national tournament also featured a special event for clay target shooters, a separate International Skeet and International Trap competition sponsored by USA Shooting, the governing body for the U.S. Olympics shooting teams. Nau placed second and Kendall Hostler, Grand Island, Neb., junior, placed fourth, both in International Trap, among the women shooters, and Giles placed second in the men's International Skeet competition. First-place men and women in each category were added to USA Shooting's Olympic development team.

FHSU's clay target team has been competing since the spring of 2006, which was the national tournament, said Shepherd. In 2007, the team won the first of several most-improved awards for individual events and was the Division II national runner up in both 2011 and 2012.

ACUI shooting divisions are based on the number of shooters, not the size of the school. The division structure was implemented for the 2011 season.

The FHSU Shooting Team for the ACUI nationals, listed by hometown with their high schools and FHSU classifications and majors:

Bartley, Neb.: Tye Smith, a McCook High School graduate, is a junior majoring in agribusiness.
Broken Bow, Neb.: Print Zutavern, a Broken Bow High School graduate, is sophomore majoring in agribusiness.
Gering, Neb.: Ashley Nau, a Gering High School graduate, is a junior majoring in biology.
Grand Island, Neb.: Kendall Hostler, a Northwest High School graduate, is a junior majoring in animal science.
Haysville: Tarent Tevis, a Derby High School graduate, is a senior majoring in agribusiness.
Kingman: Caitlin Watts, a Kingman High School graduate, is a senior majoring in social work.
Minatare, Neb.: Cody Pedulla, a Scottsbluff High School graduate, is a senior majoring in marketing.
Mitchell, Neb.: Katie Svoboda, a Gering High School graduate, is a sophomore majoring in speech-language pathology.
North Platte, Neb.: Damian Giles, a North Platte High School graduate, is a senior majoring in justice studies.
Pratt: Kilee Hutchison, a Lakin High School graduate, is a senior majoring in animal science.
Quinter: Bill Leighton, a Quinter High School graduate, is a senior majoring in technology studies.
Springfield, Colo.: Robert Ring, a Springfield High School graduate, is a senior majoring in accounting.
Tescott: Zachary McClure, Tescott High School graduate, is a senior majoring in general science.
Wellsville: Bryan Hull, an Ottawa High School graduate, is a sophomore majoring in general studies.


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