University of Vermont

Eight 4-H'ers Chosen to Compete at National Shooting Sports Event

Burlington--Eight Vermont 4-H club members are among the 800 youths who will compete at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, this summer.

Vermont will send two teams to the event, hunting skills and muzzleloader. Team members were chosen earlier this year and have participated in several practice sessions each week, which will continue until they leave for Nebraska on June 23. Competition dates are June 24-29.

Representing Vermont on the hunting skills team are Jonathan Churchill, Groton; Kodi Dyke, Piermont, New Hampshire; Nigel Waring, East Burke; and Zachary Willson, Lyndonville. They will be accompanied by their coach, Tom Decker, St. Johnsbury.

In competition, the team will be scored on how well they can identify waterfowl, furs, tracks, scat and animal skulls of different species from all parts of the country. They also will be required to shoot archery, shotgun and .22 rifle.   

Participating on the muzzleloader team are Kelsea Aldrich, Lyndonville; Kenneth Beaupre, Orford, New Hampshire; Jackson Chairvolotti, Grand Isle; and Hunter Michaud, East Hardwick. They are coached by Doug and Kandy Petty, St. Johnsbury. The team is practicing with traditional muzzleloaders to build skills and hone their marksmanship to compete in several events in Nebraska.

The teams were selected through an application process that factored in 4-H participation, recommendations from 4-H club leaders and scores from past Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports Jamborees. Applicants, who were required to be 14 or older and a member in good standing within their club, also were asked to specify a team and the reasons why they are interested in competing at the national level on that team.  

To learn more about the 4-H shooting sports program in Vermont, contact Lisa Muzzey, University of Vermont Extension 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator, at (802) 885-8385 or (800) 278-5471 (toll-free in Vermont) or by e-mail at