|L to R: Morgan Duerr, Thomas Welch, Ashlee Hobgood and Sylvia Dreistadt|
Nine boys and girls from Pennsylvania participated in the air pistol, archery, air rifle and small-bore rifle events. The local competitors from the Frazier-Simplex 4-H Rifle Club demonstrated their skills by winning medals in three different disciplines.
Morgan Duerr from Weirton Madonna High School started the winning ways by taking the Silver Medal in the Silhouette competition scoring 24 hits, the gold medal winner scored 29 hits. She continued demonstrating her shooting skills in CMP rapid and slow fire the second day with an 11th place and then placing 4th the third day in NRA 3 Position. Her strong three day showing earned her the Silver Medal in the overall standings for the National event. She missed the Gold Medal by .003 points.
In the small-bore rifle event, Thomas Welch from Mohawk High School, led the whole field with a 532 and won his first national Gold Medal. Thomas also had a very strong showing in the CMP rapid and slow fire competitions.
Sylvia Dreistadt, an Avella High School graduate and a Pitt Student, returned to her 3rd National Shooting Sports Invitational and won the Bronze Medal in the air pistol silhouette competition by scoring 31 hits out of 40 targets. Sixty 4-H members were in the event. Sylvia had in previous years participated in the small-bore rifle and air rifle events.
Ashlee Hobgood, a Trinity High School Academy Student demonstrated strong shooting skills by averaging 18th place over the three day event. There were 70 competitors in her shooting disciplines.