The San Saba 4-H's Shooting Sports team started in January working on achieving the progressive skill designations in the National Rifle Association (NRA) Marksmanship Program. Our fourth quarter has come to an end and the awards have been earned! Ron Gerhart has qualified for Marksman 1st Class shooting a light rifle in the standing position. Sara Hedley has qualified for Expert shooting a light rifle in the standing position. Caleb Hardmann has received his first patch for completing the safety training course. Each level can be completed by shooting a certain number of points on a series of targets. A target is scored using a bulls-eye; the center of the bulls-eye is ten points and each outer ring in descending order to six. There are six levels starting at Pro-Marksman, then Marksman, Marksman-First Class, Sharpshooter, Expert, and Distinguished Expert. The Shooters can achieve their ranks using precision rifle or light rifle and shooting all targets in the standing position or a combination of standing, kneeling, and prone. 4-H rifle team distributes awards each quarter based on targets shot with designated ranks within that quarter. After achieving each rank the shooter is given a certificate with their name, rank, and date on it along with a rocker patch stating the new qualification. As the levels progress the qualification standards are raised. The Number of targets and score of the targets increase with each rank. Our 4-H shooters are doing an excellent job of progressing each time they shoot and we encourage them to keep up their hard work. We look forward to reporting their achievements at the end of each quarter.