James Vaquero, eighth grade student at St. Michael Catholic School, was crowned Junior Champion at the Young Guns Sporting Clays Shoot competition sponsored by the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The competition took place the first weekend in March 2017, coinciding with the BBQ championship and opening night of the rodeo.
The field was made up of nearly 600 young men and women under 18 years of age and from all over Texas. With James in the mix, the top 10 shooters advanced to championship round on Sunday March 5.
With fierce competition, James remained vigilant in his concentration, holding his nerves at bay. After his final shoot and as the scores were being posted with his score in the number one position, James said, "I can't believe it, I'm so excited."
This shooting tournament and Junior Champion title win, marked his one-year anniversary of competitive shooting, and was only his fifth shooting competition.
James plans on attending Strake Jesuit this fall where is older brother is a sophomore. James enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing baseball and soccer.
Established in 1954, St. Michael Catholic School offers an education with focus on the doctrine and traditions celebrated by the Catholic faith. SMCS strives to educate the whole person, promoting growth and development of mind, body, and spirit, while cultivating the values of faith, conscience, scholarship, and service to students in PK3 through eighth grade.