University of Vermont

Two Honored at Shooting Sports Jamboree

Vermont 4-H'er Colby Butler, Dorset (left) and adult 4-H leader Chris Pritchard, Poultney, were honored with the fifth annual Sean Tillotson Sportsmanship Award at the 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree July 20-22 in Pawlet. (photo: Lisa Muzzey/UVM Extension 4-H)

Pawlet--4-H'er Colby Butler and adult 4-H leader Chris Pritchard, both with the Oxbow Mountain 4-H Club in Pawlet, are the dual recipients of the fifth annual Sean Tillotson Sportsmanship Award.

The award is typically given to a 4-H'er who demonstrates good sportsmanship, determination and respect for and a willingness to assist and encourage fellow competitors at the annual 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree. The event took place July 20-22 at the Ross Family Farm in Pawlet. This year an adult volunteer also was recognized for ongoing support and dedication to the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Shooting Sports program.

Jamboree participants select the recipients of this award, given in memory of Sean Tillotson, who passed away unexpectedly four years ago. The seventeen-year-old was a National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador and active in two Vermont 4-H clubs, the Caledonia Sharp Shooters in St. Johnsbury and Green Mountain Shooting Sports 4-H in Lyndonville.

Thirteen-year-old Colby lives in Dorset and has been a 4-H club member for five years. Chris, a Poultney resident, has been the adult leader of the Oxbow Mountain 4-H Club for ten years, providing instruction in a number of shooting sports disciplines to club members. He also has taught training workshops for adults and 4-H teen leaders seeking certification to teach 4-H shooting sports including a workshop last August where he served as the lead instructor in shotgun.