University of Vermont

Vermont 4-H Club Members Compete in National Shooting Sports Event

Eight Vermont 4-H club members and their coaches had an opportunity to travel to Grand Island, Nebraska, for the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships. They were: Front row (left to right): Jonathan Churchill, Groton; Hunter Michaud, East Hardwick; Nigel Waring, East Burke; Kodi Dyke, Piermont, New Hampshire; Jackson Chairvolotti, Grand Isle; Kelsea Aldrich, Lyndonville; Zachary Willson, Lyndonville; and Kenneth Beaupre, Orford, New Hampshire. Back row: Tom Decker, St. Johnsbury (hunting skills coach); Lisa Muzzey (Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator); and Kandy and Doug Petty, St. Johnsbury (muzzleloader coach) (photo: Brad Mellema)

Burlington--Vermont held its own at the recent 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, winning two team silver medals and an individual gold and bronze.

A total of 677 youths from 37 states took part in the various competitions, held June 24-29. Among them were eight Vermont 4-H club members who competed in two disciplines with each team participating in a number of events over the course of the week.

Members of the hunting skills team were Jonathan Churchill, Groton; Kodi Dyke, Piermont, New Hampshire; Nigel Waring, East Burke; and Zachary Willson, Lyndonville. The muzzleloader team included Kelsea Aldrich, Lyndonville; Kenneth Beaupre, Orford, New Hampshire; Jackson Chairvolotti, Grand Isle; and Hunter Michaud, East Hardwick.

Accompanying the group were Tom Decker (hunting skills coach) and Doug and Kandy Petty (muzzleloader coaches), all from St. Johnsbury, and Lisa Muzzey, University of Vermont Extension 4-H Shooting Sports program coordinator.

The hunting skills team came in fourth overall out of 14 teams. Nigel Waring was sixth highest overall individual scorer, also earning a bronze medal for third place in wildlife identification and a seventh-place ribbon in decision-making. He came in fifteenth in hunting skills, a competition requiring the 4-H'ers to use maps, compasses and different skills, including shooting.

Zachary Willson came in tenth overall and earned a gold medal for finishing first in decision-making and a tenth-place ribbon in wildlife identification. Jonathan Churchill placed fifteenth overall and eighth in wildlife identification. Kodi Dyke placed twenty-seventh overall and twentieth in decision-making.

All four team members received a silver medal for finishing second as a team in two events: wildlife identification and decision-making. In hunting skills, the team had a ninth-place finish.

The muzzleloader team entered three marksmanship contests, placing eighth overall out of 18 teams. For individual high overall scores, Kenneth Beaupre came in twelfth; Jackson Chairvolotti, twenty-fourth; Hunter Michaud, thirty-second; and Kelsea Aldrich, sixtieth.

In the muzzleloading silhouettes contest, the team placed seventh with Kenneth earning an eighth-place ribbon and Jackson placing 15th. In 25-yard novelty, the team ranked 14th overall, and in 50-yard bullseye, they came in tenth.

To learn more about the 4-H shooting sports program in Vermont, contact Lisa Muzzey at lisa.muzzey@uvm.edu.