2017-06-14 / Other Jenkins News

A Big Year for Jenkins County Project SAFE

By Jason Mallard
Jenkins County Extension Agent


From left, Edwin Cates with Beaver Dam Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, INC. presents $250 donation to Horace Weathersby, Project SAFE coach, as Jason Mallard, Jenkins County Extension Agent looks on. ( 
Photos contributed) From left, Edwin Cates with Beaver Dam Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, INC. presents $250 donation to Horace Weathersby, Project SAFE coach, as Jason Mallard, Jenkins County Extension Agent looks on. ( Photos contributed) Project SAFE is a Georgia 4-H Program providing participating youth with a life skills program that teaches safe and responsible use of firearms as well as sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration. The program promotes the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethics.

Recently, Jenkins County Project SAFE received a donation of $250 from the Beaver Dam Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, INC. Chapter President, Edwin Cates, presented the check to SAFE team coach, Horace Weathersby, on Tuesday, May 9. The donated funds will assist with SAFE project funding and expenses. Jenkins County Project Safe has four coaches who donate their time to training and supporting program 4-Her’s through the practice season. As a requirement for Georgia 4-H, SAFE project coaches participate in training to become certified Project SAFE trainers who focus on educating program youth on firearm safety while maintaining a safe practice environment. Jenkins County Project SAFE coaches are Horace Weathersby, Shane Neasbitt, Eddie Dickey, and Jeff Joyner.


This year’s Project Safe county winners are, from left, Top Female shooter, Alaina Boulineau; Top Senior Shooter, Bryce Joyner; and Top Junior Shooter, Will Brown. This year’s Project Safe county winners are, from left, Top Female shooter, Alaina Boulineau; Top Senior Shooter, Bryce Joyner; and Top Junior Shooter, Will Brown. Program youth can participate in various competitions during the season at the county, district and state levels. The year 2017 was a very exciting year for Jenkins County Project Safe. All the competitors did very well this year, showing marked improvements in their marksmanship and demonstrated great responsibility. In the county competition, there are three awards given out each year. This year’s county winners are: Top Female shooter, Alaina Boulineau ;Top Senior Shooter, Bryce Joyner; and Top Junior Shooter, Will Brown.


Members and coaches of the 2017 Project SAFE team, from left, are, first row: Logan Saxon, Bryn Suggs, Alaina Boulineau; second row: Horace Weathersby, Gavin Underwood, Lauren Knight, Kade Johnson, Carson James, Morgan Fallon, Shane Neasbitt; and third row: Eddie Dickey, Garrison Underwood, Hunter Hall, Bryce Joyner, and Jeff Joyner. Not pictured: Will Brown Members and coaches of the 2017 Project SAFE team, from left, are, first row: Logan Saxon, Bryn Suggs, Alaina Boulineau; second row: Horace Weathersby, Gavin Underwood, Lauren Knight, Kade Johnson, Carson James, Morgan Fallon, Shane Neasbitt; and third row: Eddie Dickey, Garrison Underwood, Hunter Hall, Bryce Joyner, and Jeff Joyner. Not pictured: Will Brown This year’s state competition was held in May near Rock Eagle 4H Center. Of the 12 members of the Jenkins County 4H Project Safe team, seven qualified for the state competition. Will Brown won State Junior individual Champion.



From left, Project SAFE coach Shane Neasbitt with Will Brown, State Junior Individual Champion. From left, Project SAFE coach Shane Neasbitt with Will Brown, State Junior Individual Champion.

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