Of the 1600 members of the 4-H Program in Lafayette Parish, a handful of talented teens are shining brighter than the rest. The 4-h program was started back in 1908, originally it was designed for livestock projects. But the program grew and developed into a variety of different areas including: S.E.T (science, engineering and technology), healthy living and citizenship and leadership projects. Today one of the areas of focus in Lafayette is the shot gun competition which falls into many of the above-named talents.
Four Acadiana teens are celebrating after placing third in nationals for the 4-H Shot Gun Competition. Although they didn’t take home the gold, the team competed against 32 states and 117 competitors.
This was the last National Shot Gun Competition for Chase Sibille and he’s not going out without a bang! He’s been competing since freshman year now, a graduating senior enlisted in the National Guard, Chase’s has a bright future. He is one of four students who recently competed in Nebraska with the 4-H Louisiana shot gun team in trap shooting, skeet shooting and sporting plays.
It’s also no surprise, Chase shares a last name with the coach. Gino Sibille has been a vital part of not only chase’s competition career but the other boys as well. Gino’s motto is “every target counts.” Both Gino and Chase say the experience was great, but naturally they butted heads a few times. They bonded over their love of shooting, Chase and Gino, the father-son duo, didn’t have an easy road to victory.
Chase says “a lot of other states will start practice right after nationals and their team practices together for a whole year.” But this team only had 8 weeks of practice and with bad weather looming before the big weekend, the team was out of their comfort zone.
Gino explains, the team “got beat down one day on skeet” but, they never hung their heads, instead “they came back the next day lights out and ended up winning the trap discipline.”
The boys took 1st place in trap shooting and third place overall!
The Lafayette 4-H Foundation is hosting an annual skeet shoot fundraiser on Saturday August 12th at the Wilderness Gun Club.
Starting in September every 4 H Program in Louisiana will begin a recruitment drive its a yearly cycle.
The program runs on a school year, if you miss this deadline to apply you’ll have to wait until the following year to apply.