Champions Crowned at Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament in N.C.

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ELLERBE, N.C. (April 27, 2015) — Forbush High School and Park Ridge Christian School teams emerged as champions at the 2015 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on Saturday.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission held the pre-collegiate sports state championship at Millstone 4-H Center in Richmond County for youth to showcase their outdoor skills and demonstrate safety techniques they learned through the Hunter Education Program.

Youth competed in team and individual categories for rifle, shotgun, archery and orienteering on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events.

Forbush High, of Yadkin County, won the senior division with an overall score of 3,828 out of a possible 4,000, while Park Ridge Christian, of Stanly County, won the junior division with an overall score of 3,727. Team and individual winners are available here.

There were 599 students from 61 teams participating in this year’s tournament, having advanced from nine district events across the state. Total attendance, including spectators, staff and competitors at the tournament was estimated at 2,100.

“These competitors are a great reflection of conservation, and exemplary in their skills and commitment,” said Travis Casper, the state hunting education coordinator and tournament director. “Rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm or scores, and other than the inclement weather, the tournament was a success. I can’t thank the volunteers and staff enough for their hard work.”

The Fred Rorrer Trophy, which recognizes sportsmanship among competitors, was presented to the Elkin High School team. The trophy honors its namesake, a longtime hunting education instructor with the Wildlife Commission who died unexpectedly in October 2010. Rorrer is remembered for his dedication to conservation and leadership in the youth tournaments, where he helped bolster North Carolina teams and individuals to the top levels of national competition.

Teams are organized within public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students and teams representing organizations such as 4-H or FFA. Nine district tournaments, held in March, saw combined participation by more than 3,000 students from 311 schools.

For more information, call 919-707-0031 or go to www.ncwildlife.org.

Park Ridge Christian won the junior division, flanked by Lt. Mark Rich of the Wildlife Commission, left, and  Sgt. First Class Bryon Williard, of the North Carolina National Guard.

Park Ridge Christian won the junior division, flanked by Lt. Mark Rich of the Wildlife Commission, left, and
Sgt. First Class Bryon Williard, of the North Carolina National Guard.

Forbush High School, senior division champions, flanked by Lt. Mark Rich of the Wildlife Commission, left, and  Sgt. First Class Bryon Williard, of the North Carolina National Guard.

Forbush High School, senior division champions, flanked by Lt. Mark Rich of the Wildlife Commission, left, and
Sgt. First Class Bryon Williard, of the North Carolina National Guard.