Many teens in The T&D Region saw starting a new school year in a new grade as their greatest challenge this month.
Then there is Bamberg's Alex Ahlin, age 16, who earned his spot on on the Team USA skeet shooting team back in late March.
Ahlin and the team will be competing in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championships in Changwon, South Korea from Aug. 31 to Sept. 14.
In March, Ahlin competed in Tucson, Arizona, at the USA Shooting’s Spring Selection Match. Ahlin’s first-place finish in the junior men’s division clinched his selection to the World Championship Team. Ahlin placed second in the qualification rounds with a 235/250 targets, which advanced him to the finals round. In the finals round, Ahlin broke 58 out of 60 targets, securing his first-place finish.
Ahlin is a junior at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School this year, where he is also on the Red Raiders cross country and soccer teams.
Ahlin trains at the Mid-Carolina Gun Club in Orangeburg.
According to a usashooting.org press release from the competition in March, "In the Junior Men’s ranks, Ahlin (Bamberg, South Carolina) used a blistering Final, shooting 58/60, to overcome a five-target deficit to Eli Christman (Hixson, Tennessee) to earn the top spot. Christman makes his second straight World Championships team and will be joining his 2017 teammate Nic Moschetti (Broomfield, Colorado), who also made the squad after winning a shoot-off round 25/20 to Trey Wright (Albany, Georgia).