My first year in 4-H began with my participation in the Shooting Sports program. In my first match I didn't even hit the target! At the next practice I learned that I was left-eye dominant and was shooting with the wrong eye. I am very accurate now that I shoot with my left hand and eye.
My team placed second in the state Jaycees competition, and we were invited to the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match held in Rogers, Ark. My team won the most Improved Team Award, had a great time, and learned a lot about marksmanship, sportsmanship and competing at a high level.
I was most impressed with another young shooter at the Daisy competition who made a lasting impression on me by his honesty. Daisy recognized the young shooter's honesty and awarded him a scholarship. I want to be honest like him because it is the right thing to do for the safety of others.
This was also my first year in the beef project, where I judged cattle, sheep, swine and goats on the Livestock Judging Team, and showed a Charolais calf. I leased a heifer from James Carlton of Shelbyville. I had to learn how to care of the heifer, what to feed her, to break and handle her, and how to groom, clip and show her.
My heifer, PVF Miss Beef Doctor 113 and I placed fifth in showmanship, and first in her age group at the Tennessee State 4-H Beef Exposition held at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro. I attended the MTSU beef camp where I learned a lot about cows and showing. I also made new friends.
The rest of the summer I traveled with my heifer showing in county fairs. This was my first year in 4-H, and I was very successful in the show ring with my heifer and in the shooting sports program. I am looking forward to learning more about cattle and shooting this year in 4-H.