Clay alumni wins NRA championship at Camp Perry
Michael Seery, who graduated from Clay High School with the class of 2008 and is now a cadet 3rd class, or sophomore, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., recently became Collegiate Champion at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry.
Seery, a cadet from Cadet Squadron 22, won the NRA National Prone Collegiate title.
“I also won my class in Junior Master in the Prone Championship and class Junior Expert in the Three-Position Championship,” said the computer science major. There were 313 competitors in prone and 325 in three-position this year from all over the country and a handful of other countries, including Great Britain and Australia.
He currently holds five national records in Smallbore Prone. Before arriving at the Academy he had shot for about five years, beginning just before he started high school.
“I got my start at an intermediate junior training clinic put on by the NRA and the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association,” he said. “For my first few years, I fired solely in .22 caliber rifle smallbore competition and as I progressed, learned to shoot a .171 caliber air rifle in the same style as is shot in NCAA Div I competition, which the Academy competes in, and in the Olympics and other international matches.”
“The skills I am learning in rifle competition could, I suppose, save my life someday,” Cadet Seely said. “However, it’s probably not the marksmanship skills - this kind of shooting is more like golf, physically. One maintains a very precise position and practices extreme mental and physical discipline.
“The mental toolbox I’m building and the discipline and skills under match pressure that rifle competitions teaches have been invaluable here at the Academy, and could certainly save or improve my own and others’ lives someday,” he said.
Several local students earned academic honors at their chosen colleges and universities. They include:
University of Akron: Deanna Caveslio, of Woodville.
Columbus State Community College: Amy Keefe, of Oregon; Erin Rospert, of Woodville.
Lake Forest College: Valerie Miller, of Northwood.
University of Akron: Stephen Lowe, of Northwood.
Owens Community College: Melissa Lang, Rob Orians, Robert Pegler, Brandy Hartman, of Curtice; Bradley Akers, Barbara Brinke, Christie Cuthbertson, Tim DeCant, Paul Emerick, Patrick Foley, Brianne Gasser, Renee Hires, Craig Huntermark, Milbar Joven, Cathleen Kern, Michael Laplante, Ashley Leppert, Alicia Leslie, Mitzi Poiry, Daniel Raymond, Kelly Trzcinski, of Northwood;Mario Alonzo, Casandra Bellman, Joel Byers, Cynthia Campbell, Megan Cantu, Amy Chiles, Gina Cipolla, Steven Dickens, Jacob Greener, Jonathan Hall, Jacqueline Kirkman, Katelyn Marunowski, Jennifer McLaughlin, Erin Morrissey, Hanasa Mourad, Sarah Mozena, Dan Robinson, Michael Romano, Daniel Stein, Jennifer Villegas, Ronald Donbrosky, Brooke Gahler, Kendall Meyers, Joseph Phillips, Lesley Shanks, Stephanie Wittebort, of Oregon;
Rashida Bell, Mark Bengela, Megan Burtscher, Yolanda Carmony, Douglas Cathers, Michael Clinker, Crystal Dantzer, Hillary DeShetler, Sharon Devalt, James Downour, Brad Fields, Cathy Fuleky, Steven Hilton, Margaret Ingram, Ron Keiser, Kaesie Kettinger, Brian Lundy, Lacey Lundy, Jennifer McDonald, Sarah Moreales, Margaret Pennington, Tammie Preston, Amy Puterbaugh, Nathan Rajner, Shanna Ribby, Francisco Sagrero, Jamie Thomas, Nancy Van Sickle, Christopher Vargas, Deborah Villaneuva, James Wagner, Danielle Webster, of Toledo;Lori Datkun, David Eoff, Zachary Flagg, of Elmore; Nathan Carpenter, Erin Felbinger, Jacob Johlin, Alyssa Miller, of Genoa;Timothy Fritz, Rachel Garner, Kyle Gerwin, Steven Racz, Alan Schade, Samantha Schroeder, Matthew Taylor, of Gibsonburg; Gina Bowen, of Helena; Jacob Brockschmidt, Kandace York, of Luckey; Michelle Allen, Daniel Ayotte, Daniel Escobar, Cody Katschke, of Martin; Katie Blum, Curt Collins, Peter Fellman, Constance Killian, Christopher Lender, Mark Moell, James Rudes, Sarah Will, Cathleen Wittman, of Millbury;Mark Albright, Brittney Brackett, Ashley Brugnone, Andrea Helle, Tomi Michael, Erica Odle, of Oak Harbor;
Jacob Dean, Trent Rahe, of Pemberville; Christopher Brown, Matthew Cooksey, Regina Donaldson, Randall Haas, Craig Jones, Emily Klavinger, Stephanie Mccord, Andrea Minuto, Raymond Scott, Brad Tristan, of Walbridge;Alex Belichick, Samantha Keller, Rachel Meyer, Aaron Smith, Jeff Wegman, Marcus Williams, of Woodville.
Ian Appelhans, Justin Bless, Donna Hoffman, David Rossler, Jacob Terry, of Curtice;
Bradley Akers, Katie Brentlinger, Jonna Carson, Jeremy Clevenger, Valerie Crispin, Nicole Haddad, Katherine Luoma, Jessie Miller, Jamie Reardon, Brandon Recny, of Northwood;Daniel Bachmayer, Kelle Bollman, Joshua Dauenhauer, Teresa Davey, Lucetta Drlik, Matt Elvey, Brandon Ernie, Jenica Fisher, Heidi Gahler, Danielle Grady, Tony Hafner, Sara Hayward, Adam Heilman, Robin Heinz, Bryan Kusian, Cole Lofquist, Ashley Mermer, Andrea Mitchell, Tamera Morse, Jeffery Nero, Dawn Patterson, Nicole Phillis, Jameson Rowley, Zacharay Schabel, Bobbi Schelkun, Cassandra Sevra, Andrew Shields, Laura Wilhelm, Casey Winckowski, of Oregon;Raquel Becerra, Scott Boden, Cory Bowles, Amber Bragg, Carol Buser, Joseph Elchert, Jodi Grel, Nancy Jones, Karrie Krumnow, Alan Madison, Cassandra Perry, Michael Rowley, Sarah Thomas, Sandy Villaneuva, Mary Wilson, Veronica Zapata, of Toledo;Gregory Gonyer, of Bradner; Michelle Ibarra, of Elmore; Anthony Asher, Erica Asher, Joseph Davis, Philip Dufendock, Guadalupe Hernandez, Zachary Humberger, Tanya Molnar, Scott Moritz, Kelley Thomas, of Genoa; Melissa Schade, of Gibsonburg; Cara Densic, Joshua Lopez, Jennifer Ray, Creed Rollins, of Graytown; Sheri Nehls, Thomas Tonkin, of Lindsey; Tricia Young, of Luckey;Jessica Brossia, Brendan Buckley, of Martin; Zachary Brittenham, Brandi Clifton, Sonnya Fosgate, Paul Laing, Syamphone Sayarath, of Millbury; Brenda Brown, Danielle Dobbelare, Gregory Grieger, Abigail Keaton, John Moore, Beverly Rank, Lori Smith, Lauren Thorbahn, of Oak Harbor; Carole Boyett, Dean Aaron, of Pemberville; Carolyn Amons, Michael Bartram, Erin Cassady, Samantha Miller, Erin Mottmiller, Robin Schulte, Erica Severhof, Jonathan Thomson, Lisiane Winslow, of Walbridge.
A “grand” time
Trenton Besgrove, a sixth-grader at Lake Middle School, participated in the Quarter Midget Eastern Grands in Huntsville, Ala., July 19-25.
There were approximately 500 cars participating in the weeklong event, as boys and girls from across the country gathered to race in the “Grands”
Drivers were given two days to practice before the qualifying race July 21. Besgove raced in three divisions – senior stock car, light mod, and light B.
His best finish was the senior stock race finishing in second place and earning a trophy about 5-1/2 feet tall.
Besgrove has been racing for four years and has traveled to California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Michigan, Indiana and Connecticut as well as all over Ohio.
Lake band members selected
Five members of the Lake High School band were selected to participate in the All-Ohio State Fair Band. They included Chris Rollins and Kyler Lucas, percussion; Meghan Mullins, trombone; Christina Hurst, clarinet; and Liz Anzaldua, bass clarinet. The students joined others from around the state to rehearse and perform during the Ohio State Fair, held July 29 to Aug. 9 in Columbus.
Ten-year-old Jenna Goodman, of Genoa, had the distinction of having her steer, Buddy, judged grand champion at the 2009 Pemberville Free Fair. Her little sister Darcie, also exhibited a steer.
Jenna also entered her steer in the junior showmanship competition and won reserve champion showman in that class. Her 1,240-pound steer was purchased by Frobose Meats, Marsh Funeral Home and Gleaner Life Insurance Co. and brought Jenna a record-setting $4.10 per pound.
Jenna is a fifth-grader at Allen School.
Several local students were among 11 recipients of $500 scholarships awarded by the Schwaben Verein, German American Festival Society, Inc.
Schwaben Verein Scholarships were awarded to Patrick Lawrence, Eric Lohmann and Kristen Scott, of Toledo; Chris Pfouts of Curtice; and Shane Pfouts, of Walbridge.
The Adolph Mueller Scholarships were awarded to Melissa Pfeifer, of Toledo and Breann Pfouts, of Walbridge.
The Chris Ziegler Scholarship was awarded to Bryan Pfouts, of Walbridge.
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Clay High School alumni Michael Seery, a cadet 3rd class at the U.S. Air Force Academy, won the NRA National Prone Collegiate title at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Academy)