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ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's very hard to find any positive news these days about kids, guns and shooting. One place you will find it is at the Kent County Conservation Club.

The club's "Scholastic Clay Target Program" recently attended the national championships for trap, skeet and sporting clays, and out-shot the nation.

The SCTP was established in 2000 to help promote the shooting sports to kids of all ages, from elementary to college. The kids are divided into four basic age groups: 5th grade and below, 6th through 8th graders, 9th through 12th grades, and the college group.

"This game is about focus and dedication," said Tim Wiley, manager of the Kent County Conservation League. "This sports teaches you safe gun handling, responsibility, while building leaders and teamwork."

Wiley's team, comprised of 15 shooters, competed in the National Championships in Sparta, Illinois in early July. The team won the following awards:

- Intermediate - 1st Place Skeet

- Open Division - 1st Place Skeet

- JV - 5th Place Skeet

- Varsity - 3rd Place Skeet

- Collegiate 2nd Place Skeet and Sporting Clays

Over 2,300 kids, from 26 different states, were represented at the national championships.

"To get 15 kids to all bring their 'a-game' for a week straight, it's hard to do, so I was very pleased with what they did, " said Wiley.

During the shooting year, the team at the KCCL meets for practice one time per week for two hours. The team has four volunteer coaches that have taken the time to become certified by the NRA/NSSA, in order to correctly instruct the shooters. The team holds multiple fundraisers during the year to help raise money to pay for the shooting.

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