Natosha Hammonds, a Magazine resident, Logan County Long Shot 4-H member, and state bronze medalist recently competed in the National Junior Olympic Air Pistol competitions.

To compete, shooters must either win the gold medal in their state or if their state score is high enough will be invited to compete in the NJOC. The events were held mid April at the Olympic training site in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hammonds competed against 73 other ladies from across the nation ranging in age from 13 to 20. As one of the youngest shooters there, she represented Arkansas well in competition, placing 31st overall and 13th in her age division as a J2 shooter (14-16 year olds). Hammonds shot her personal best the first day of competitions with an average two-day personal high.

She would like to thank all her friends and family for their encouragement and those who supported her financially in the event including., Logan County 4-H Foundation, County Discount Pharmacy, Alfred and Lillie Gordon, Charles and Janelle Hammonds, Stephen and Barbara Billy, Bob and Gaylon Scharbor, Boyd and Karen Hicks, Bob and Terry Woods, Bill and Patty Pettway and Friends of the NRA.