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Shooting Sports Jamboree Hits the Mark with 4-H'ers

4-H Shooting Sports
30 Proud Years of 4-H Shooting Sports in Vermont!

Pawlet--Fifty-three 4-H'ers from six Vermont 4-H clubs competed at the 2014 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree, July 25-27, in Pawlet.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension sponsored the event, which was held at the Ross Gravel Pit. The Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Pawlet, was the local host while Pownal Valley 4-H Sharp Shooters, Pownal, helped plan the social activities and Rupert Mettowee Valley 4-H Club, West Pawlet, handled Saturday lunch.

Events included archery, pistol, rifle, Seneca Run (timed events including fire starting, hawk and knife throw, longbow and black powder rifle), shotgun and a hunting/wildlife competition. The latter involved hunter safety, a timed compass course and identification of animal skulls, furs, feathers, tracks and scat. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in each competition as well as to overall high scorers in each age group.

The 4-H'ers also received instruction in firearm safety and had the opportunity to practice shooting sports with certified instructors. 

They also went swimming in Lake St. Catherine and attended a potluck supper and campfire with their families on Saturday night.

The first Annual Sean Tillotson Sportsmanship Award was awarded to Austin Tremblay of Underhill, a member of the Mount Mansfield Pioneers. The award was presented in honor of Sean, a member of the Caledonia Sharp Shooters and Green Mountain Shooting Sports 4-H clubs and a National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador, who passed away unexpectedly in June.

Overall individual high scorers, in order of placement, were: 

SENIOR DIVISION (ages 14-18): Nigel Waring, Kirby; Bradley Hollister, Shaftsbury; Bennett Cochran, Danville. Honorable mention: Orion Zangel; Shushan, N.Y.

JUNIOR DIVISION (ages 11-13): Olivia Abair, Jeffersonville; Hunter Smith, Westminster; Ethan Moore, Pawlet. Honorable mention: Niel Fernald, Underhill.

NOVICE DIVISION (ages 8-10): Daniel Scarlotta, Wells; Zachary Zangel, Shushan, N.Y.; Luke McReynolds, Danville. Honorable mention: Jacob Churchill, Groton.

Top scorers in each of the six disciplines, in order of placement, included:

ARCHERY--SENIOR: Nigel Waring, Kirby; Bradley Hollister, Shaftsbury; Anna Cassidy, Shushan, N.Y. Honorable mention: Orion Zangel; Shushan, N.Y. JUNIOR: Hunter Smith, Westminster; Olivia Abair, Jeffersonville; Ethan Moore, Pawlet. Honorable mention: Carson Smith, West Pawlet. NOVICE: Zachary Zangel, Shushan, N.Y.; Daniel Scarlotta, Wells; Andy McReynolds, Danville. Honorable mention: Caleb Steves, Fair Haven.

HUNTING--SENIOR: Nigel Waring, Kirby; Bradley Hollister, Shaftsbury; Corey Clark, Underhill. Honorable mention: Clayton Fenton, Wells. JUNIOR: Olivia Abair, Jeffersonville; Adam Browe, Pawlet; Madeline Chairvolotti, Grand Isle. Honorable Mention: Sam Barrows, Arlington. NOVICE: Luke McReynolds, Danville; Tristan Gardner, Pownal; Haley Michaud, East Hardwick. Honorable mention: Daniel Scarlotta, Wells.

PISTOL (.22 pistol or air pistol, depending on competitor'sage)--SENIOR: Bennett Cochran, Danville; Orion Zangel, Shushan, N.Y.; Nigel Waring, Kirby. Honorable mention: Tyler Decker, Lake George, N.Y.  JUNIOR: Hunter Smith, Westminster; Ethan Moore, Pawlet; Jonathan Churchill, Groton. Honorable mentions: Sam Barrows, Arlington; Jackson Chairvolotti, Grand Isle. NOVICE: Zachary Zangel, Shushan, N.Y.; Daniel Scarlotta, Wells; Christian Aldrich, Lyndonville. Honorable mention: Andy McReynolds, Danville.

RIFLE--SENIOR: Mark Hayden, Williamstown, Mass.; Bennett Cochran, Danville; Orion Zangel, Shushan, N.Y. Honorable Mention: Bradley Hollister, Shaftsbury. JUNIOR: Olivia Abair, Jeffersonville; Zachary Crawford-Smith, Bennington; Hunter Smith, Westminster. Honorable mention: Adam Browe, Pawlet. NOVICE: Daniel Scarlotta, Wells; Jacob Churchill, Groton; Colby Butler, Dorset. Honorable mention: Andrew Cheeney, Langdon, N.H.

SENECA RUN--SENIOR: Nigel Waring, Kirby; Matt Hayden, Williamstown, Mass.; Wesley Austin, Westminster. Honorable mention: Austin Tremblay, Underhill. JUNIOR: Jonathan Churchill, Groton; Sam Barrows, Arlington; Hunter Smith, Westminster. Honorable mention: Zachary Crawford-Smith, Bennington. NOVICE: Colby Butler, Dorset; Jacob Churchill, Groton; Luke McReynolds, Danville. Honorable mention: Christian Aldrich, Lyndonville.

SHOTGUN--SENIOR: Bradley Hollister, Shaftsbury; Austin Tremblay, Underhill; Mark Hayden, Williamstown, Mass. Honorable mention: Bennett Cochran, Danville. JUNIOR: Kelsea Aldrich, Lyndonville; Olivia Abair, Jeffersonville; Sam Barrows, Arlington. Honorable mention: Carson Smith, West Pawlet. NOVICE: Luke McReynolds, Danville; Christian Aldrich, Lyndonville; Tristan Gardner, Pownal. Honorable mentions: Daniel Scarlotta, Wells; Jacob Churchill, Groton; Colby Butler, Dorset.

To learn more about the 4-H shooting sports program, contact your Lisa Muzzey, UVM Extension 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator, at (802)

885-8385 or (800) 278-5471 (toll-free in Vermont) or by e-mail at lisa.muzzey@uvm.edu.