4-H shooter earns 4-year schol­ar­ship

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SUDLERSVILLE — Zachary Sch­midt, 18, of Sudlersville and an 11-year mem­ber of the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Marks­man­ship Club is off to Jack­sonville State Univer­sity in Jack­sonville, Ala., this fall hav­ing been re­cruited for his marks­man­ship skills and hav­ing been awarded a four-year ath­letic schol­ar­ship to shoot for JSU’s NCAA Divi­sion 1 ri­fle team. This year JSU’s ri­fle team ranked 10th in the na­tion. He signed his Na­tional Let­ter of In­tent, which com­mits Zach to at­tend JSU as a full-time stu­dent

and awards ath­letic schol­ar­ship to par­tially off­set the cost of col­lege tu­ition.

Zach, who is cur­rently a se­nior at Queen Anne’s County High School, has been shoot­ing ri­fle since he was 8 years old and com­pet­ing in the sport since he was 10. He has earned a num­ber of dis­tin­guished ti­tles in­clud­ing two time Mary­land State 4-H Small­bore Ri­fle Cham­pion, in 2014 and 2015. Zach has qual­i­fied and com­peted at the Ju­nior Olympics in ri­fle sport twice hav­ing earned a qual­i­fi­ca­tion spot last year hav­ing won Mary­land bronze medal­ist in the men’s air ri­fle event and sil­ver in men’s small­bore event.

This year Zach was again Mary­land’s bronze medal­ist in air ri­fle and gold medal­ist in men’s small­bore earn­ing him qual­i­fi­ca­tion po­si­tions to com­pete in the Ju­nior Olympics at the Olympic Train­ing Cen­ter in Colorado Springs. Last fall, Zach was over­all cham­pion of the Univer­sity of Akron small­bore ri­fle event and in June of last year, re­ceived a gold medal at the USA Shoot­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships for high score in the J2 divi­sion.

Zach holds the NRA Dis­tin­guished Ex­pert qual­i­fi­ca­tion in both air and small­bore ri­fle as well as the NRA’s se­cond high­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion of “Mas­ter” in Pre­ci­sion Air Ri­fle and Met­ric Po­si­tion In­door and the NRA’s third high­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion of “Ex­pert” in In­ter­na­tional Air Ri­fle as well as Met­ric Po­si­tion Out­door.

He has com­pleted ex­ten­sive train­ing in ad­di­tion to par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 4-H Marks­man­ship Club by at­tend­ing ri­fle camps spon­sored by the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion, Civil­ian Marks­man­ship Pro­gram and the Army Marks­man­ship Pro­gram at Fort Ben­ning.

Zach will pur­sue a de­gree in Home­land Security while at Jack­sonville State and is cur­rently an in­tern at the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices. He has com­pleted eight cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams with the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and through the Sudlersville youth group, par­tic­i­pated in dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts fol­low­ing Hur­ri­canes Irene, Sandy, and Joaquin.

In ad­di­tion to 4-H, Zach is an ac­tive mem­ber of Cal­vary-As­bury United Methodist Church and the Sudlersville Youth Group. He works part time on his fam­ily’s farm. He is the son of Hans and Jen­nie Sch­midt of Sudlersville.

Zach brings to eight the to­tal num­ber of cur­rent mem­bers or alumni of the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Marks­man­ship club who are cur­rently at­tend­ing col­lege on ath­letic schol­ar­ships and com­pet­ing on NCAA ri­fle teams. For more in­for­ma­tion about the 4-H Marks­man­ship club, visit https://www.face­book. com/qar­i­fle/ or call the 4H Ex­ten­sion Of­fice at 410-7580166.

BRAN­HAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Zach Sch­midt has been shoot­ing since he was 8.

PHOTO COURTESY JENNIFER SCH­MIDT

Zach Sch­midt, cen­ter, signs his let­ter of in­tent to at­tend Jack­sonville State Univer­sity on a fouryear ath­letic schol­ar­ship. He will com­pete on the school’s ri­fle team. With him are his par­ents Hans and Jennifer Sch­midt.

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