FENTON HIGH SCHOOL sophomore Hannah Doyle took home the High Overall Female award during the Spring 2016 season in Michigan. Her success was a key part of her team’s fantastic showing in the inaugural season of the Michigan State High School Clay Target League last year.
PullUSA: How did you get involved in shooting sports? Why?
Hannah Doyle: I’m not really the sporty kind of person. In middle school, I tried cross-country, basketball and volleyball and I never really got interested in them. I was anxious to get involved in high school sports so I asked my older brother what Fenton High School had to offer. He told me about the new trapshooting team they were trying to form. My dad and I decided to give it a try and I instantly knew that this was my sport! I started trapshooting when I was about 12. I got tired of watching and wanted to get in on the fun. Plus, I really hate orange.
PullUSA: What do you like most about being in the League?
Doyle: What I like most about being on the team is how supportive my teammates are. We are all so encouraging to each other. No matter the score you earn, everyone is so nice. This was my first year shooting trap, and it didn’t take long for me to start making friends on the team and feel accepted.
PullUSA: What activities have you taken part in outside of the League?
Doyle: Outside of the League, I am in two different choirs: Fenton High School Varsity Vocals and the Flint Symphony Orchestra. I also take piano and voice lessons. Just like shooting trap, music is a big part of my life. A lot of what I do revolves around music. Before a shoot I will listen to music and just relax.
PullUSA: How long have you been doing that?
Doyle: I absolutely love to sing and play the piano. I have been singing ever since I could talk. I can remember making my Barbies have concerts with each other. Playing the piano is new—I started taking lessons in November 2016.
PullUSA: What type of music is your favorite to listen to and perform?
Doyle: My taste in music is pretty big. I listen to a lot of country, but I also like a lot of jazz and classical. My favorite music to perform is contemporary. It just flows nicely with my personality. I also like performing classical. For the Flint Symphony Orchestra we are learning Beethoven’s 9th symphony and it’s all in German.
PullUSA: What are some important tips you’d give to other shooters in the League?
Doyle: Don’t worry about your scores. Learn the movements, learn the technique, talk to your teammates and have fun. After all that, the scores will follow. Also, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there—don’t be nervous about talking to people. You will make some of the best friends you will ever meet! ✪