This past Saturday Drinnon won the Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in Knoxville which makes him eligible to compete for a national title.
The top four 4-H shooters from every state will compete as a team, and individually at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 21-26, 2020.
Drinnon, who is a senior, told the Times News Tuesday that his years of training under VHS NJROTC coach Norman Greear served him well this past weekend.
He beat the second place shooter by 60 points.
“At this competition there were 12 shooters, but those were 12 top 4-H shooters in the entire state, and we qualified from a Jamboree that was last fall,” Drinnon said. “I'm pretty excited. This is my first individual championship. It feels really great. I'm just grateful that Chief (Greear) has coached me this well to this point.”
Drinnon wanted to thank Hawkins County's UT Extension Agent for 4-H, Lauren McCoy, who helped develop the county's 4-H rifle and archery programs.
Drinnon added, “I'm feeling pretty confident (about the nationals). It's a big honor and I'm pretty excited about it.”
His 4-H state shooting championship caps a productive 2019 for Drinnon.
On Feb. 2, he was part of the Volunteer NJROTC rifle Team team won the overall U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s 2018 Junior Air Rifle championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, which was the team’s second national championship in three years.
In June the VHS NJROTC team won the NRA Junior Standing National Air Rifle Championships held at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting Club in Bloomington.
That same month the VHS NJROTC Rifle Team traveled to Camp Perry Ohio that same month and earned an overall fourth place finish in the National Junior Olympic Championships and a third place finish in the CMP Nationals.
VHS NJROTC Rifle Team member Madison Christian also competed in the 4-H state rifle championship, placing ninth ninth in the state.
VHS student Andy Davis placed second in the Championship Division in the 4-H Compound Archery Division.