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Austin, TX – The Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, Inc. (TSRAF), a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that raises funds in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) Ag Clays State Tournament.

The event was recently held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 340 young adults representing their Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs in 46 Texas high schools.

In the trap shooting competition, the winning FFA teams included:

  • 1st Place — Dripping Springs (Male Division); Smithson Valley (Female & Mixed Divisions)
  • 2nd Place — Needville (Male); Brazoswood (Female); and Whitharrel (Mixed)
  • 3rd Place — Whitharrel (Male); Calallen (Female & Mixed)

The winning schools in the sporting clays competition were:

  • 1st Place — Needville (Male); Smithson Valley (Female); and Calallen (Mixed)
  • 2nd Place — Barbers Hill (Male & Female); and Smithson Valley (Mixed)
  • 3rd Place — Dripping Springs (Male); Calallen (Female); and Barbers Hill (Mixed)

The High Overall honors in the Male Division went to Weston Juelg of Calallen High School with a score of 95 in both trap and sporting clays, and Kaleigh Lawson of Smithson Valley High School won the Female Division with a trap score of 96 and sporting clays score of 89.

“TSRA and the TSRA Foundation are proud to support FFA shooting sports teams statewide,” says Texas State Rifle Association Foundation Operations Coordinator Angela Gerlich. “Over the past three years, I have been honored to work with this amazing group of students and coaches. They truly live up to the FFA motto of ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve.’ It is wonderful to see our Texas youth taking part in wildlife education and management, supporting the Second Amendment, and growing into the next generation of civic leaders.”

The state tournament is a partnered project between TSRA Foundation and TPWD’s Texas Ag Science – Clay Target Shooting Project. Schools who have incorporated the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management curriculum with students active in shooting sports are invited annually to compete in this event. The curriculum is designed to enhance the Ecology Management portion of this course by developing personal skills that may be carried on throughout a lifetime of enjoyment of the outdoors.

The TSRA Foundation is awarding a total of $5,000 to the winning teams for their trap and sporting clays achievements.

All of the teams have requested their winnings be donated to their respective MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment accounts to help their teams to have a secure financial future.

About the Texas State Rifle Association:

Founded in 1919, the Texas State Rifle Association is the largest firearms and shooting sports organization in Texas with nearly 40,000 members. TSRA is also the largest, award-winning state affiliate of the National Rifle Association and is sanctioned by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. As a part of its public education efforts, the association produces a full-color bimonthly publication, TSRA Sportsman, which updates members on current news, hunter education programs, shooting sports competitions, and important issues effecting their Second Amendment rights. The TSRA also hosts an annual meeting every February that features exciting fund-raising auctions, informative speakers, exhibitors, and other events.

For membership or other information about the Texas State Rifle Association, visit or call 512.615.4200.

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