Wilmer Kellogg and his wife, Lorena, who is a member of the Elizabeth Colt Legacy Foundation, recently presented a $2,500 check to the Fort Hays State University Shooting Sports Club.
"The Fort Hays State University Shooting Club is making great strides every time they compete, and the Elizabeth Colt Legacy Foundation congratulates them for their successes," Wilmer Kellogg said.
Wilmer Kellogg is a board member of the Colt Collectors Association, founded in 1980, which promotes collecting Colt firearms and memorabilia as a means of exchanging knowledge among Colt collectors while celebrating the long heritage of firearms in America.
On behalf of the Colt Collectors Association, Wilmer Kellogg said he and Lorena wanted to show the support of the organization in order to reinforce the cause of the Shooting Sports Club and to encourage firearm training and safety as well as create awareness of firearm history.
"Without generous donors such as the Elizabeth Colt Legacy Foundation, continued expansion of the club would not be achievable," said Nate Rohleder, Shooting Sports Club president. "The FHSU Shooting Sports Club is pleased to extend the Colt Firearm tradition of safety and history through our organization."
Dr. Duane Shepherd, associate professor of health and human performance and club sponsor, said the club will use the money for practice equipment, travel accommodations, youth education events and campus-wide opportunities for students to become involved in shooting sports.
The FHSU Shooting Sports Club was established in 2005 and now has 45 members, 12 of whom shoot competitively across the nation. Mike See of Scott City and Randy Davis of Hays serve as coaches for the team.
In 2006, FHSU finished 23rd in the country at the national Association of College Unions International Intercollegiate Clay Target Championship. In 2007, the team finished ninth in the country, winning the National Rifle Association Most Improved High Overall Team Scholarship Award and the Ed Migdalski Most Improved American Trap Team Trophy.
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Students who shoot competitively are Gabriel Bromm, Tekamah, Neb., senior; Steve Haun, Wilson sophomore; Blake Hillebrand, Clayton junior; Travis Lehman, Morrowville sophomore; Tiffany Lovelady, Palco junior; Travis Lovelady, Palco graduate student; Sarah Murray, Oberlin freshman; Jeni Newman, Oskaloosa freshman; Nate Rohleder, Hays senior; Seth Scheuerman, Scott City junior; Travis See, Scott City junior; and Mary Strong, Kinsley sophomore.
Recreational shooting is at 6 p.m. every Thursday. Club meetings are the third Thursday of every month. The club is open to all FHSU faculty, staff and students. The Shooting Sports Club is hosted by the Hays City Gun Club.
Other FHSU student members are listed by hometown and classification.
CARROLLTON, Texas: Johnny Ward, junior.
DODGE CITY: Brain Mapel, senior.
GARDEN CITY: Jennifer Norman, graduate student.
GRANADA, Colo.: Trevor Shaw, senior.
GREAT BEND: Ben Grover, junior.
HAYS: Zach Church, senior, and Zach Michaelis, senior.
HILL CITY: Audrey Hanna, junior, and Taylor Vap, junior.
HOISINGTON: Christopher Carson, sophomore.
HOXIE: Brett Oelke, freshman.
LAKIN: Travis Austin, senior.
LOGAN: Zach Sammons, freshman.
MARYSVILLE: Alana Pfeifer, special student.
MINNEAPOLIS: Eric Klein, senior.
NEWTON: Scott Brach, sophomore.
NORTON: Chris Delimont, special student.
PALCO: James Balthazor, freshman.
SALINA: Mike Kilgore, junior.
SELDEN: Whitnee Ashley, freshman.
STOCKTON: Jake Prockish, freshman.
SUBLETTE: Brett Whitaker, graduate student.
SYLVAN GROVE: Jeff Hlad, special student.
ULYSSES: Shawn Hume, senior.
TOPEKA: Brad Austin, graduate student.
YODER, Colo.: Eric Bloedorn, senior.