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Modoc 4-H’ers earn spot on shooting team

02/05/15 -- Modoc County 4-H members will be aiming for top honors at the 2015 National Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska this June.

Three 4-H’ers from Modoc County qualified to represent California in the rifle and shotgun categories. Warren Farnam and Ken Smith, also of Modoc County, were selected to be the California State Shooting Sports Coaches as well.

Modoc County 4-H Coordinator, Heather Hadwick says that “while competition and prizes are important to the teens, they are bigger winners with what they gain in terms of a solid foundation for success in all aspects of their lives. For example, the program emphasizes “safety first” across a broad range of firearms. Coach Ken Smith adds, “In learning how to properly handle firearms, youth learn self-confidence, this is an opportunity of a lifetime for these boys and they will be great members of the state team.”

Modoc 4-H Club members Grady Ingraham, Mavrick Farnam and Paden Smith will represent California at the 2015 National Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska in June. Photos courtesy of Ingraham, Farnam and Smith families, respectfully
Modoc 4-H Club members Grady Ingraham, Mavrick Farnam and Paden Smith will represent California at the 2015 National Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska in June. Photos courtesy of Ingraham, Farnam and Smith families, respectfully

“It’s a unique type of youth development program,” said Hadwick. “Not only do shooting sports teach a diverse set of life skills, but they can expose youth to others with common interests, careers, and other positive organizations that revolve around shooting, which supports a lifelong passion.” This passion and commitment are evident in Grady Ingraham, Paden Smith and Mavrick Farnam’s lives.

Grady Ingraham is a Senior at Modoc High School and a member of the Davis Creek 4-H Club. He has been a 4-H member for nine years. He is the son of Brian and Bekki Ingraham and has been in rifle shooting sports for 8 years and shotgun for 2. He will be competing in the Shotgun Competition at the Championships. Grady is a Hi 4-H member for the county and is on the Junior Livestock Show board. He served as the JLS Board President last year. Grady is on the Varsity baseball team, an FFA member and enjoys riding in MotoCross Competitions. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.

[Editor’s Note: “California has not sent a team to the Nationals in over eight years, so this is a huge honor,” said Coach, Warren Farnam of Alturas. “These boys will be continuously practicing this spring to prepare and will be putting on several fundraisers to go. The state does not help monetarily support the team at all, so it is up to the members to raise funds. We will be presenting at many local organizations soon, so that we can get as much support as possible.” The Modoc 4-H Leader’s Council has set up a GoFundMe account that anyone can donate to and keep track of the teams fundraising progress. Go to gofundme.com/l22r7o to donate or you can donate at any Plumas Bank branch to Modoc County 4-H under Modoc County Shooting Sports. All donations will go directly to trip expenses.]

“In my 8 years as a member of the Modoc Dirt Squirrels shooting sports club, I have been able to learn so much. Shooting Sports has helped me in a lot of ways. It has helped me build my leadership skills, learn how to talk to a group, lead discussions, time management, organization and of course shooting skills. 4-H has always been a big part of my life and my family’s. I am excited to represent my state at the National level and promote 4-H and shooting sports” added Grady Ingraham.

Paden Smith is also from the Davis Creek 4-H Club and is a Junior at Modoc High School. He is the son of Ken Smith and Ronda Lindgren. Paden has been in 4-H for nine years. He has been in rifle shooting sports for 8 years and shotgun for 2 years. Paden is currently the club Sargent of Arms, a teen leader in shooting sports, on the Junior Livestock Show board and in FFA. He plays Varsity football for the Braves and enjoys fly fishing in his spare time. Paden will be competing in the Shotgun category of the National Championship. Paden won seven medals for Modoc County last year at the California State 4-H Shooting Match.

Paden commented, “4-H Shooting Sports is the perfect group to show the span of knowledge of a 4-H member. We are not all about livestock and crafts. Shooting Sports teaches us most of all the importance of safety, how to follow direction, personal drive and how to strive to always be better than our last shot. I want to thank everyone for their support of Modoc County 4-H shooting sports, Our club is only a success because of the support from our community, volunteers and parents.”

Representing California as the only rifle contestant is Mavrick Farnam from the New Pioneer 4-H Club. Mavrick is a freshman at Modoc High School in Alturas. He has been in 4-H for six years. Mavrick is the son of Warren and Robin Farnam. Mavrick has been a member of the shooting sports club since he started 4-H and also has competed in Boy Scouts, Alturas Rifle & Pistol Club and NRA shooting competitions. Mavrick plays Varsity Soccer, is an FFA member and a Boy Scout. He has been club president, vice-president and is a Shooting Sports Junior Leader. In his spare time, Mavrick enjoys hunting. Mavrick brought home six medals at the 2014 California state shooting match.

We asked Mavrick what he thought his role as a representative of the state was, “I believe my role is to represent the state at my very best. To be prepared, competitive, professional, respectful and above all the best 4-H member I can be. I think that as a member of the California state shooting sports team, I would be expected to perform at the best of my ability” commented Mavrick.

“By participating in the program, not only do the kids learn about firearm safety, but they also learn responsibility and respect,” said Coach Ken Smith. “These boys have always wanted to shoot even from a young age, and for us, the program helped foster an activity we all enjoy as a family. All three of these kids families are very active in 4-H and we are all very proud of these kids accomplishments.”

The Modoc Dirt Squirrels, 4-H shooting sports club is by far the most popular club in Modoc County 4-H. They have over fifty members and has grown from seven members to fifty in less than five years. Last year the club brought home 72 medals from the California State Shooting Competition. The Club puts on a very successful Top Shot Contest each year. This year the competition will be held April 26, 2015 at the Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club Range.

“It’s a unique type of youth development program,” said Hadwick. “Not only do shooting sports teach a diverse set of life skills, but they can expose youth to others with common interests, careers, and other positive organizations that revolve around shooting, which supports a lifelong passion.” This passion and commitment are evident in Grady Ingraham, Paden Smith and Mavrick Farnam’s lives.

Grady Ingraham is a Senior at Modoc High School and a member of the Davis Creek 4-H Club. He has been a 4-H member for nine years. He is the son of Brian and Bekki Ingraham and has been in rifle shooting sports for 8 years and shotgun for 2. He will be competing in the Shotgun Competition at the Championships. Grady is a Hi 4-H member for the county and is on the Junior Livestock Show board. He served as the JLS Board President last year. Grady is on the Varsity baseball team, an FFA member and enjoys riding in MotoCross Competitions. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.

“In my 8 years as a member of the Modoc Dirt Squirrels shooting sports club, I have been able to learn so much. Shooting Sports has helped me in a lot of ways. It has helped me build my leadership skills, learn how to talk to a group, lead discussions, time management, organization and of course shooting skills. 4-H has always been a big part of my life and my family’s. I am excited to represent my state at the National level and promote 4-H and shooting sports” added Grady Ingraham.

Paden Smith is also from the Davis Creek 4-H Club and is a Junior at Modoc High School. He is the son of Ken Smith and Ronda Lindgren. Paden has been in 4-H for nine years. He has been in rifle shooting sports for 8 years and shotgun for 2 years. Paden is currently the club Sargent of Arms, a teen leader in shooting sports, on the Junior Livestock Show board and in FFA. He plays Varsity football for the Braves and enjoys fly fishing in his spare time. Paden will be competing in the Shotgun category of the National Championship. Paden won seven medals for Modoc County last year at the California State 4-H Shooting Match.

Paden commented, “4-H Shooting Sports is the perfect group to show the span of knowledge of a 4-H member. We are not all about livestock and crafts. Shooting Sports teaches us most of all the importance of safety, how to follow direction, personal drive and how to strive to always be better than our last shot. I want to thank everyone for their support of Modoc County 4-H shooting sports, Our club is only a success because of the support from our community, volunteers and parents.”

Representing California as the only rifle contestant is Mavrick Farnam from the New Pioneer 4-H Club. Mavrick is a freshman at Modoc High School in Alturas. He has been in 4-H for six years. Mavrick is the son of Warren and Robin Farnam. Mavrick has been a member of the shooting sports club since he started 4-H and also has competed in Boy Scouts, Alturas Rifle & Pistol Club and NRA shooting competitions. Mavrick plays Varsity Soccer, is an FFA member and a Boy Scout. He has been club president, vice-president and is a Shooting Sports Junior Leader. In his spare time, Mavrick enjoys hunting. Mavrick brought home six medals at the 2014 California state shooting match.

We asked Mavrick what he thought his role as a representative of the state was, “I believe my role is to represent the state at my very best. To be prepared, competitive, professional, respectful and above all the best 4-H member I can be. I think that as a member of the California state shooting sports team, I would be expected to perform at the best of my ability” commented Mavrick.

“By participating in the program, not only do the kids learn about firearm safety, but they also learn responsibility and respect,” said Coach Ken Smith. “These boys have always wanted to shoot even from a young age, and for us, the program helped foster an activity we all enjoy as a family. All three of these kids families are very active in 4-H and we are all very proud of these kids accomplishments.”

The Modoc Dirt Squirrels, 4-H shooting sports club is by far the most popular club in Modoc County 4-H. They have over fifty members and has grown from seven members to fifty in less than five years. Last year the club brought home 72 medals from the California State Shooting Competition. The Club puts on a very successful Top Shot Contest each year. This year the competition will be held April 26, 2015 at the Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club Range.

“California has not sent a team to the Nationals in over eight years, so this is a huge honor.” Adds Coach, Warren Farnam of Alturas. “These boys will be continuously practicing this spring to prepare and will be putting on several fundraisers to go. The state does not help monetarily support the team at all, so it is up to the members to raise funds. We will be presenting at many local organizations soon, so that we can get as much support as possible.”

The Modoc 4-H Leader’s Council has set up a GoFundMe account that anyone can donate to and keep track of the teams fundraising progress. Go to gofundme.com/l22r7o to donate or you can donate at any Plumas Bank branch to Modoc County 4-H under Modoc County Shooting Sports. All donations will go directly to trip expenses.

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