Arthur qualifies for air rifle national championship

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

February 28, 2023

Shane Arthur, a junior at James Monroe High School, qualified to represent the state of West Virginia at the 4-H National Air Rifle Championship. He will head to Nebraska this June for the national competition. Shane sat down with The Real WV for an interview about his interest in shooting sports, his involvement in the community, and what it means to represent West Virginia on a national level. 

TELL US ABOUT ADVANCING TO NATIONALS.  

At the State Air Rifle Competition held at the WVU air rifle range, I was privileged enough to represent my home of Monroe County. At the state match, I had the honor of competing against many other peers  from across this wonderful state, some of which I will travel to Nebraska with this summer. 

NOW YOU WILL REPRESENT YOUR HOME STATE? 

It is a dream come true to have the privilege of representing our home state of West Virginia at the  National level once again. I can remember the first time I stepped on the range seeing the national  qualifying scores, quite intimidated at the time, yet determined to compete at one of the highest levels  possible. Not only is representing West Virginia a milestone achievement for me, but an honor, an honor  to take part in something more. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING? 

I can remember the first time in third grade attending the county level 4-H shooting sports meeting.  Currently being a Junior in Highschool, I suppose I have been shooting for about nine years now through  this program. However, I can remember being introduced to firearms and air guns from the time I was a  toddler. 

WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE SCHEDULE?  

As far as my practice schedule is concerned, I try to practice once or twice a week at the digital range at  Greenbrier East Highschool. Despite attending James Monroe, I was welcomed with arms wide open  into their program. While the time dedicated towards practice may not seem like much, after  discharging over 100 pellets per practice, it most definitely adds up. 

HAVE YOU COMPETED BEFORE? 

When it comes to past competitions in this discipline, I have been able to compete at the state  competition and qualify for nationals every year I have competed in the senior division. However, during  covid, I was unable to find a place to practice so I had no choice but to shoot in our basement.  

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN YOU’RE NOT SHOOTING?  

Outside of shooting air rifle and shotgun competitively, I am an active member of our schools Youth Leadership Association  chapter where we most recently attended the Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Boston.  Through this program, I am also the President of the Senate in the WV Youth in Government program.  Through my time in YG, I have been able to meet many people and pursue many opportunities such as  the one right now. However, I also play soccer and run track through my school and partake in many  other activities such as livestock judging and livestock quiz bowl of which I competed at the national  level as well. In addition to other clubs and organizations I am involved in, there is definitely never a dull  moment. 

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AFTER YOU GRADUATE?  

I have recently been accepted into the US Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar program with plans of  attending as a student next year. However, if I do not get accepted into the Academy, I would love to  study at a renowned university such as Hillsdale College and later pursue a law degree. Since my  involvement in Model United Nations and Youth in Government, I have been inspired to pursue a career  in foreign policy or politics with additional inspiration from people I have come across. However, I still  have time to decide as I am not quite sure what exactly I plan to do after high school. 

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO REPRESENT WEST VIRGINIA? 

It is important for me to represent West Virginia because as the up-and-coming generation into our  society, it is my generation’s job to take the torch and represent our state at the national level. From a  kid I have always been ambitious, granted I am still a kid today, but that is beside the point. I look  forward to having this honor and representing West Virginia to the highest degree possible. 

WHO HELPED YOU ALONG THE WAY TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL?  

I would like to thank Don Dransfield, and all the other 4-H volunteers for coaching me and making this  possible, and most notably my parents for their support throughout my shooting career and personal  life.

HOW CAN WE AS A COMMUNITY SUPPORT YOU? 

 As far as support goes, donations to the Doddridge County 4-H leaders association would be greatly  appreciated to assist in the financial part of the trip. Other than that, the support from our local  community members would mean the world to us as we travel out to Grand Island, Nebraska.

Editor’s Note: Here is the address for the association: 

Doddridge County 4-H Leaders Association, 461 Main Street, St. Patrick Center, West Union, WV 26456

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