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Trap shoot aims to give students a shot at college

The event is to raise money for scholarships.

By Beth Gray
Published March 6, 2007


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Rich Klamis Jr. is a 20-year-old sophomore studying mechanical engineering at Florida State University.

He is there thanks to his FFA career at Hernando High School and, also, thanks to the Hernando County Cattlemen's Association.

The association awarded the Spring Lake man a $1,000 scholarship last year, one of several charitable efforts the group undertakes.

Looking to raise money for more scholarships, the association is sponsoring a trap shoot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Sportsmen's Club. The venue is at the entrance to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area off U.S. 19, north of Weeki Wachee.

"It's a benefit for cattlemen to give scholarships, to help the kids and promote youth in agriculture," said association president Dana Hurst of Brooksville.

The entry fee for 75 rounds at the five-stand claim is $35 in advance through Thursday or $50 at the gate.

Reservations are available through Hurst at 596-8225 or 585-0615 or with event chairman Dan Wolthuis at 279-2432.

"This is the sporting event, on the ground and in the air," Hurst said.

The most recent scholarship recipient, the son of Richard and Shari Klamis, is grateful for the financial award and the role it has already played in his college career.

"Oh, it was very important," he said. "It definitely helped pay for my housing. I was very glad to get it."

His project pursuits in FFA figured in his educational choice and career goal. The younger Klamis fabricated moveable pens and a show ring for the hog competition at the Hernando County Youth Livestock Show and Fair. The effort earned him a second place in metal fabrication in state FFA competition.

He wants to pursue engineering in the field of agriculture.

Klamis served as student adviser and fundraising adviser to his 2005 FFA class at Hernando High. In applying for the cattlemen's scholarship he filled out a form and wrote an essay on the topic: "Why Agriculture is Important in Your Life."

The family operates a 25-acre beef cattle farm and maintains horses. Klamis expanded the farming enterprise by raising a market hog, among his other FFA endeavors. His mother is a member of the cattlemen's organization.

Charitable giving is one of the main aims of the Cattlemen's Association, which has 60 to 70 members. An annual rodeo at the fairgrounds is its biggest fundraiser.

Beneficiaries of that project have included the Hernando Sheriff's Explorer Scouts, Hernando Mounted Posse, Bert Ferguson Scholarship Fund in Pasco County, Breast Cancer Awareness and the Shrine Club.

Says Hurst: "They're all good organizations and we try to stay behind the community."

Beth Gray can be reached at graybethn@earthlink.com.

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Trap shoot fundraiser

To help raise scholarship money, the Hernando County Cattlemen's Association is sponsoring a trap shoot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Sportsmen's Club, at the entrance to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area off U.S. 19, north of Weeki Wachee. The entry fee for 75 rounds at the five-stand claim is $35 in advance through Thursday or $50 at the gate.

[Last modified March 5, 2007, 23:10:33]


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