Elbert County

4-H position an honor for Kiowa teen

Shooting Sports ambassador role is chance to provide opportunities

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Luke Sigmon of Kiowa has been chosen to serve as a Shooting Sports ambassador for the 4-H Club of Colorado. Each year the club selects nine members to serve in the prestigious role.

“I didn’t think I was going to get it. When my mom told me the news in the car, she said, `Guess what, you’re an ambassador now.’ I freaked out. I was smiling the entire way …,” Sigmon said of the day he got the news.

As an ambassador, Sigmon will be representing more than 82,000 4-H members from across the state. Ambassadors strive to provide opportunities for their fellow 4-H members to build character.

A member of the Comanche Creek 4-H Club for eight years, Sigmon is a sophomore at Elizabeth High School.

Shooting Sports is one of Colorado’s largest 4-H program areas, with close to 3,900 members. Colorado 4-H also has the second-largest state fair shooting contest in the country.

According to a press release, the 4-H Shooting Sports program has been established in 49 states, with about 500,000 youths participating nationally. The members are mentored by certified adult volunteer instructors.

“If I hadn’t had the coaches that I had I wouldn’t have the focus that I have now. They are three of the nicest people in the world,” Sigmon said.

“The Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports ambassadors are a diverse and united group,” said Sam Lowry, State 4-H Youth Development Specialist in Animal Science & Shooting Sports. “They are dedicated to providing leadership and knowledge to 4-H youth through Shooting Sports with an emphasis on positive youth development, safe, inclusive environments and promoting integrity,” he said.

“Sam Lowry is the one who assembled all of us and showed us what it means to be an ambassador,” said Sigmon.

One of the main responsibilities will be helping the leadership implement the logistics for the shooting sports at the state fair this summer. Sigmon also looks forward to mentoring younger shooters in the club.

Sigmon has had an affinity with its members and objectives from the time he joined the club.

“I fell in love with shooting and 4-H — the entire program,” he said. “It’s one of the smartest things you could ever do, any kid who may be struggling, it helps them learn to speak with other people and to learn life skills in order to get through life.”

Sigmon foresees a future in shooting.

“I’d like to try and get a shooting scholarship and get onto a collegiate team,” he said, adding that his dream job would be “to be a stunt man for movies. I love the thrill.”

“I’ve learned,” Sigmon said, “that you can get somewhere if you really work hard towards it.”

The local 4-H program is a cooperative effort between CSU Extension and Elbert County. If you would like further information on the 4-H program, please contact the Elbert County Extension office at 303-621-3162.

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