By Lars Dalseide | December 16 2010 14:53

The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, highlights the accomplishments of the Springville Junior Rifle Club;

NRA Competitive Shooting Division logo Springville Junior Rifle Club wins national competition medals

Thirty kids converge on the Springville Senior Center twice a week and shoot small-bore weapons in the basement as part of the NRA Jr. Rifle Club. The club meets to shoot, learn firearm safety, gain self confidence and get ready for competitions.

Donna Warnock, team coach, is proud of her young shooters. This year a team of four took two second place awards and two third place awards in National Matches with .22-caliber and air rifles. The four-person team shot at local ranges in competition as part of NRA sectionals or national match sectionals. Their scores were compiled nationally and medalists were ranked. Siblings Braden Staheli, 12, and Dallin Staheli, 11; Summer Hopper, 14, and Jacob Wall, 13, placed 10th nationally. Braden took some individual medals as well. All the kids have shot with a team at least a couple of years, Warnock said.

Warnock describes competition shooting as an individual growth sport; shooters learn self control and how to work as a team, they help each other. She said, "There's a tremendous amount of 'mental' in the sport." The kids set goals and learn to achieve those goals.

"Very few adults in the general population could out-shoot these kids," Warnock said. They are also more aware of gun safety than most adults. Thirty shooters participate in the Junior Rifle Program. The main thing they learn is firearm safety."

Warnock said the team has good support from Springville City and Friends of the NRA. This year the National Guard will be helping too.

The team is totally non-profit, with sponsors and team members having to come up with the money for the equipment the kids use. Competition rifles cost well over $1,000. Warnock and adult supporters of the team teach NRA Education classes and put the money they make back into the junior rifle club.

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