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2018 Archives


Congratulations to the 2018
New York State
4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship Winners!

Ashlee Zschoche
Ashlee Zschoche, Steuben County 4-H

Ashlee Zschoche is a ten-year member of 4-H. Ashlee’s involvement in 4-H has primarily been in Steuben County though she has participated in the Yates County 4-H program as well. Ashlee has served as a Teen Leader for Shooting Sports in the Archery, Air Pistol, Hunting & Wildlife, Rifle and Shotgun discipline areas.

In addition to 4-H Shooting Sports, Ashley shows goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. For the last two years, Ashlee has also been a member of the State Teen Action Representative Retreat (STARR) Planning Committee, a group of teens and adults who work together to plan, organize, and in the case of the teens, implement the STARR event. She also attends a variety of other events including the New York State Fair where she assists with the 4-H Shooting Sports booth and participates in livestock shows and both rabbit and cavy skillathons.

According to her 4-H Educator, Kim Randall, Ashlee “has always shown an interest in working with people, animals, and the outdoors . . . She is a youth who actively participates in leadership, discussions, and always stands up to help out her fellow 4-Hers.”

Ashlee plans to pursue an Associate Degree in Environmental Science at SUNY Cobleskill and then continue on to pursue a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Wildlife Management.


Blaise Cox
Blaise Cox, Yates County 4-H

Blaise Cox of Yates County is a seven year member of Yates County 4-H where he is a 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Leader in the Archery, Hunting & Wildlife, Muzzleloader, Rifle, and Shotgun discipline areas.

Blaise started in 4-H because of 4-H Shooting Sports. However, his activities within 4-H do not end there. In Yates County, he is active in Teen Council and Teen Ambassadors. His 4-H Educator, Jen Clancy, had this to say about Blaise, “What I enjoy most about working with Blaise is his natural ability to build others up through encouragement, his sense of humor, and overall down to earth nature.”

He is currently using the wildlife knowledge he has gained through 4-H’s Hunting & Wildlife discipline and through courses he is currently taking in school, by teaching other members of his club how to tell a dog track from a coyote track and how to differentiate between a red fox and a grey fox. According to his Instructor reference, Denise Slocum, “Blaise has always helped out with our Shooting Sports classes, even when he was participating as a student in the class.”

Blaise plans to pursue an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Fish & Wildlife Technology at Finger Lakes Community College and then transfer to SUNY Cobleskill to pursue a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Wildlife Management.


2018 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship


Congratulations to our New York State 4-H members that traveled to Nebraska and participated in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship!
Air Rifle 3 Position: 4th Place Team
Air Rifle Standing: Nathan Colopy - 10th Place Individual; 5th Place Team
Air Rifle Silhouettes: Nathan Colopy- 2nd Place Individual, Andy Paddock 9th Place Individual, 2nd Place Team
Air Rifle Overall Results: Nathan Colopy - 2nd Place Individual, 4th Place Team
3-D Archery: Blaise Cox -9th Place Individual
We are proud of all of you for what you have accomplished!



New York State 4-H Shooting Sports
2018 Artist of the Year - David T. Mayack

Artist of the Year 2018 - David T. Mayack

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports is proud to recognize David T. Mayack, Ph. D., as their 2018 Artist of the Year!  Dave began working in transparent watercolor upon retirement as a Research Ecologist with the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  His interest in art started at an early age.  Dave’s father, an academically trained artist, served as a mentor in understanding the principles of design and composition.  Dave’s interests in game bird hunting, dog training and fly fishing, along with his extensive academic training, further influenced his work in presenting landscape from an ecological perspective.  Consequently, Dave’s landscapes often address unique ecosystems not found in the repertoire of other painters.

Three exceptional original watercolors by the Artist of the Year, David T. Mayack, including Setting up for Cans (shown above), will be featured at the 19th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, in Lake George, NY on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

For more on David T. Mayack, please visit his Artist of the Year page.


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