Wilson, a 17-year-old Oyster Prairie 4-H member, placed fifth in the World Archery Tournament in Las Vegas. He has been a Lewis County 4-H member for nine years and has been shooting competitively for eight years. "It's the biggest thing in my life," he says. "Once you find out about it, you get hooked on it."
He, too, takes a disciplined approach to the sport. "It's a challenge. It's just like any other sport," he said. "You have to put in the time and work."
Indoor shooting competitions require that 30 arrows be shot in an intense round. This is where practice and stamina pay off. "You have to have muscle memory to shoot over and over again," he said.
Wilson graduated from high school this year and has been accepted at the University of Missouri and plans to major in chemical engineering.
As a competitor, Wilson set a goal of competing on the Missouri 4-H team at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational. It was a goal he accomplished in 2010, when the archery team helped the Missouri team win first overall. In 2012, he learned a new discipline and competed on the Missouri recurve archery team in Grand Island, Neb.