The Mt. Airy Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, founded in 1947, hosted the Mt. Airy Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Composite Squadron’s Honor Guard for the opening ceremonies. The event, Maryland Scholastic State Shooting competition, was held on Saturday, June 3rd. The Mt. Airy Sharpshooters team competed in this state-wide trap shooting competition.
The Mt. Airy Sharpshooters is a youth trap shooting program that participates in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). The SCTP is a youth development program, providing school-aged youth with a positive experience in shooting sports. The program is focused on instilling in young athletes a set of personal values and character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, teamwork, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and personal commitment; qualities that will serve them well in sports, but more importantly, serve them throughout their lives. SCTP participants learn the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms.
The Mt. Airy CAP squadron has three cadets that are a part of the Mt. Airy Sharpshooter team: Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt, Cadet Technical Sergeant James Buchheit and Cadet Airman Basic Jackson Curtis. During the state-wide shoot, 12 squads competed with 4-5 shooters per squad and of those squads, Cadet Technical Sergeant Buchheit’s squad ranked first place in the Junior Varsity (JV) division and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Pitt’s Squad came in second place in the JV division. Of note, Cadet Airman Basic Curtis was not available to compete in this competition.
Congratulations to all Mt. Airy Sharpshooter CAP cadets for a job well done! Mt Airy Composite Squadron was delighted to provide the colors and kindle future cooperation with the Mt Airy Chapter of the Isaac Walton League of America. Additional thanks go to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Pitt for her fact finding and writing contributions.