North Carolina’s 2023 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament (YHEST) State Championship was held on April 28 at the John Lentz Hunter Education Complex and Range, pitting 60 teams from across North Carolina against each other in a variety of outdoor competitions. Each team came from public schools, private schools, homeschool associations and 4-H clubs.
Southern Alamance FFA won the overall senior division, and Bethel Middle won the overall junior division.
Of a possible 4000 total points, Southern Alamance FFA scored 3623 points. This bested the second place team of Providence Grove High School FFA, which put 3615 points on the board.
Wheatmore took third place in the Senior Division, scoring a total of 3612 points. Piedmont High finished fourth with 3603 points, and Tuscola High rounded out the top five with 3571 points.
A total of 32 teams competed in the Senior Division
In the Junior Division, Bethel Middle scored 3499 points, followed by second-place team Gray Stone Middle, which tallied 3474 points. Elkin JR Johnsons and Friends took third place with 3431 points. Southern Alamance Middle finished fourth with 3423 points, and North Stanly Shooting Sports was fifth with 3415 points.
A total of 29 teams competed in the Junior Division.
For a complete list of standings, visit ncwildlife.org/hunting.