Pictured is Central High School Freshman Baylee Steed.
Central High School Exploring Air Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Teams
Central High School is exploring the possibility of adding both a competitive shotgun shooting team and a precision air rifle team to the opportunities available to students.
Shotgun and other shooting sports are extremely popular on the collegiate level, but are relatively new at the high school level. These sports teach safety, discipline, and respect to the athletes while competing in an activity they love. The popularity of shooting sports and opportunities for collegiate scholarships have greatly increased in recent years. Many Central High School students already participate in shooting sports outside of school. A recent student survey confirmed a high interest in both precision air rifle and competitive shotgun teams from both boys and girls.
Central High School and many other schools in the state have petitioned the Georgia High School Association to add competitive shotgun shooting to the list of sanctioned sports. There is hope that GHSA will approve adding this sport for the 2017-18 school year. In the meantime, there are opportunities for a shotgun team to compete in the Scholastic Clay Target Program through the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
“We want to give our students the opportunity to participate in these sports. There are both girls and boys interested in participating in potential air rifle and competitive shotgun teams,” said Assistant Principal Kelly Edwards. “As a father, I’d like to see my son and daughter become involved in shooting sports programs when they are Central High School students.”
Principal Jared Griffis stated, “We want to give our students every opportunity we can to allow them to showcase their talents. By adding these programs at Central High, we will add another layer of learning for our students. The students who make these teams will learn and develop in the areas of leadership, teamwork, and responsibility.”