STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Teenagers from across the state traveled to the Golden Triangle on Friday and Saturday to compete in a state tournament.
Conner Smith is a 16-year-old out of Lee County.
He's been shooting guns since he was about four years old and started shooting competitively almost five years ago.
Smith was just one of 130 teenagers competing in the state shooting tournament held by Mississippi 4-H.
Athletes ranging from ages 14 to 18 came to Starkville from all across the state in teams to compete with the hopes of advancing to the national shooting tournament.
Curt Lacy helped organize the shooting tournament.
His main objective of the event is to teach safety but said it also teaches great life lessons.
“There’s also a lot of leadership skills that the youth learn whether it’s decision making, working well with others, following instructions, you know, identifying problems solving," Lacy explained.
On Friday, the athletes competed in skeet shooting where shooters aim for clay targets thrown from a trap.
However, on Saturday, they competed in trap shooting.
Once the tournament ends, the top four shooters will advance to nationals in Nebraska.
Smith said he hopes to someday earn a scholarship to compete for Mississippi State, but for now, his goal is to compete nationally.
“It would be probably the best thing in the world to me because that’s a big deal to me," said Smith. "It would be won on my own. I did it myself. I accomplished this by myself.”
There was also a second tournament being held in West Point to put competitors' archery skills to the test.