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Local student has an eagle eye

Cindy Ramunno
Theo StroomerKeegan Hammond, surrounded by family guns, is the president of the Eagle County Sport Shooting Club, a state sport shooting ambassador and a 4H national sport shooting ambassador.

Eagle CO, Colorado ” Keegan Hammond isn’t afraid to manhandle guns. “It is definitely an adrenaline rush,” says the Eagle Valley High School senior. “Each one is different, but they all start with butterflies in my stomach and then once I get up to the line, my nerves tend to settle down a little and I just try to focus. As I am pulling the trigger, I’m trying to concentrate on my target. After I finish my shot, it is an adrenaline rush no matter what caliber I am shooting.”

This girl is used to targets. One of her goals was to obtain an

associates degree at the same time she will graduate from EVHS.

She will receive her AAS in Chemistry from Colorado Mountain College a few weeks prior to walking across the stage to score her high school diploma from EVHS. This fall, she will tackle the Colorado Schools of Mines to major in metallurgical engineering.

If that doesn’t make Hammond stand out enough, she also holds a 4.36 GPA and is involved in golf, Future Business Leaders of America, Devils Against Drunk Driving, Link Crew and National Honor Society. All that AND a trap shooter. How many female trap shooters do you know?

“At my first ATA (Amateur Trap Shooting Association) shoot I was put into a group with the best shooters there. I was so nervous that I was about in tears, and the guys were so nice and helped me learn so much. They were waiting for me to take my time when I was shooting and even gave me tips through the day.”

Now Hammond is the one offering advice. When she comes back to school with a new buckle or trophy she has won, the name Annie Oakley begins to start circulating. “There are a couple of boys who will be very happy to see me leave for college so they can start picking up some wins,” says Hammond.

“Keegan is, in my opinion, the best student that I have ever had,” teacher Will Rosenberg says. She’s very focused, he says. “She’s extremely successful and helps others be successful.”

Hammond was born in Vail and grew up in Eagle. She is the only child of Lisa and Dave Hammond. She attended Eagle Valley Elementary and Eagle Valley Middle Schools in addition to EVHS. She plans to work and save money for college this summer, in addition to her 4-H trips and projects. Her parents have always inspired her and she fondly recalls two quotes that really stuck with her. “Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be,” and “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Wise parents indeed.

Keegan notes a few women who compete in the adult league locally, but cannot think of any others her age. “If they are out there, they need to step forward and let their presence be known. I’d like another female to take my place when I leave for college and keep these boys on their toes!”

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