ALTUS, OK (KSWO) -The Altus FFA shooting team is celebrating their fourth consecutive state championship.
The Altus squad was one of 125 teams statewide that first entered a regional competition, and were among 16 teams that advanced to the state tournament. The team consists of 16 students that each take 25 shots during the competition. The group with the highest number of shots hit, wins.
The Altus FFA shooting team practices gun safety and shoots trap. They traveled to El Reno on April 13 where they brought home another state championship. The students say this is one of the most rewarding things they've ever done.
The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports program started in 2012, and the Altus FFA shooting team is soaking in all their accomplishments in this competition.
"To say you're the best four years in a row out of four years of having this competition, it's pretty cool," said Braden Stobaugh, an Altus senior FFA student.
It isn't as easy as it looks, but for Stobaugh, competing against such a large group of teams, and coming home with another trophy, is all worth the practice time they put in.
"All the effort we put in the last five years, to say you've accomplished everything you've accomplished... I mean it's everything," Stobaugh said.
FFA instructor Bruce Farquhar says he's proud of the students' success, but he loves what they take away from the experience.
"I think this teaches a new generation what safe gun handling and hunting is all about, as well as their responsibility to our environment," Farquhar said.
Farquhar says JJ's Skeet and Trap Shooting Range played a huge part in the success of the Altus FFA shooting team.
In addition, the FFA team has won more than $60,000 through the MidwayUSA Foundation and the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports program. That money goes to support the Altus shooting team.