Shuford Elementary’s very own – third grader, Owen Cannon, won the North Carolina State Championship of the Elks Lodge National Hoop Shoot Contest on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. His first big win came on January 16th at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he made 22 of 25 shots and was named the Catawba County Champion. Two weeks later, he went on to take the Western North Carolina title at Freedom High School on January 30th. That win qualified him to compete against the other three 8-9 year old regional winners at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC, this past Saturday – where he won First Place, making 24 of 25 free throws. He has now earned an all-expense paid trip for him and his family to Maryland, where he will compete in theElks Lodge Southeast Central Region 10 – semifinal – for NC, VA, MD, DE, DC, WV Hoop Shoot Contest on March 12th. Owen’s twin brother, Noah, and their parents, Scott and Jennifer will all be there to support him, just as they have been at every competition so far. Great job, Owen, we are all so proud of you!