Sixty-six young people and their families, representing eight 4-H clubs from around the state, spent a summer weekend at the Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree in Pawlet. Of the young participants, 12 were from Bennington County; 21 from Caledonia; 10 from Chittenden; 16 from Rutland; and seven from Windham.
In all, about 150 people camped together for the annual contest, which also celebrated 4-H Volunteer Clarence Decker's 50th year as a Vermont 4-H volunteer. He is one of the founding members of Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club in Pawlet. The weekend also celebrated 25 years of 4-H shooting sports in the state.
The top four winners in the Novice Hunting contest were Nigel Waring, Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Lyndonville; Elizabeth Leslie, Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters Club, St. Johnsbury/Lyndonville; Mark Hayden, Pownal Valley Sharpshooters 4-H Club, Pownal; and Evan DeMuynck, Mt. Mansfield Pioneers 4-H Club, Jericho. Junior winners were Sean Tillotson, Joshua Sanders, and Zachary Terhune, first, second, and fourth, of Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters; and Ben Decker, Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports, third.
Senior winners were John Turner and Patrick Wilson, first and second, of Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Pawlet; Jonathan Sanders, third, Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters; and Medrick Petty IV, fourth, Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports.
The top Shotgun winner in the Novice division was Mark Hayden of the Pownal Valley 4-H Sharpshooters, followed by Cameron Merrill of the Oxbow Mountain club; Nigel Waring, Green Mountain; and Elizabeth Leslie. Junior winners were Ben Decker, first; Joshua Sanders, second; Brad Hollister, Pownal Valley, third; and Dani Cochran, Green Mountain, fourth. In the Senior category, Medrick Petty IV of Oxbow Mountain received the top score, followed by Adam Martin, Mt. Mansfield Pioneers and Jay Wilson, Oxbow Mountain. Four members-John Turner, Patrick Wilson, and Thomas Wilson, of Oxbow Mountain, and Taylor Waring of Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters-tied for honorable mention.
Nigel Waring received the highest Novice score in the Pistol competition, followed by Evan DeMuynck, Cameron Merrill and Parker Blomberg, both of Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports. Mt. Mansfield Pioneers member Austin Tremblay garnered the highest score in the Junior division, followed by Tyler Dixon of the Green Mountain club, Joshua Sanders, and Zachary Terhune. Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters members Joy Sanders, Jauquin Currier Cubero, and Aaron Terhune received first, third, and fourth places in the Senior division while Harrison Myers of the Pownal Valley club won the second place slot.
When the young people picked up their rifles, the top Novice scores were won by Mark Hayden, Nigel Waring, Parker Bloomberg, and Evan DeMuynck. Bridget Decker of the Oxbow Mountain club was the top point winner in the Junior division, followed by Sean Tillotson, John Schatz of the Pownal Valley club, and Austin Tremblay. Tops in the Senior division was Naomi Trudeau of the Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters, with Jonathan Sanders, Patrick Wilson, and Joaquin Currier Cubero in second, third and fourth places.
In the Seneca contest, Nigel Waring gained the highest point total, succeeded by Mark Hayden, Cameron Merrill, and Evan DeMuynck. Junior division winners were Justin Martin of Mt. Mansfield Pioneers, Ben Decker, Matthew Hayden of the Pownal Valley club, and Bennett Cochran of the Green Mountain club. When the Senior division competed, Naomi Trudeau received the top score, with Aaron Terhune, Joaquin Currier Cubero, and Patrick Wilson in second through fourth positions.
Archery competition rounded out the weekend activities. Nigel Waring was the high point winner in the Novice division, followed by Mark Hayden, Cameron Merrill, Elizabeth Leslie, and Evan DeMuynck. The top Junior archer was Joshua Sanders, with Brad Hollister, Sean Tillotson, and Zachary Terhune in succession. The Senior winners were Jonathan Sanders, Joy Sanders, John Turner, and Patrick Wilson, respectively.
When all the points were in, Nigel Waring received the high point total Overall in the Novice division, followed by Mark Hayden, Cameron Merrill, and Evan DeMuynck. Overall Junior winner was Joshua Sanders, with Sean Tillotson, Ben Decker, and Brad Hollister in succeeding order. The top Senior was Patrick Wilson, followed by Joaquin Currier Cubero, Joy Sanders, and Naomi Trudeau.