The 2016 National Championships for the Scholastic Clay Target Program was held in July in Marengo, Ohio, and Tennessee was a prominent contender. The Volunteer State brought home 23 national championships and 100 individual and team awards. About 3,000 school-aged shotgunners from all over the United States competed in trap, skeet and sporting clays in six skill levels.
The Tennessee shooters numbered about 600 and accounted for the largest state representation in the national contest; but then Tennessee has more than 2,000 shooters to draw from, the largest state program by far in the SCTP system. The SCTP trains shooters in grades 5-12 and college in sportsmanship, scholarship, personal development, and gun safety. Several have gone on to compete in the Olympics.
The SCTP is governed by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (www.sssfonline.org). The Tennessee SCTP is sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (www.tnwf.org). For more on the 2016 National Championships, both websites will have more specific details on individual and team winners.