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NYSOWA Presents 2020 Pass It On Award to
Bill Schwerd and Kenyon Simpson

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association presented New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd and Education Specialist, Kenyon Simpson with the 2020 Pass It On award at their virtual Annual Meeting held on October 22. This is the first time two people have been named together to this coveted annual award that honors the active member of NYSOWA who has done the most to “pass on” our outdoor heritage.

According to NYSOWA, it was difficult to name one without the other. Bill and Kenyon have been working and volunteering for over 50 years with the New York State Hunter Safety Program and for almost as many years with the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program with endless dedication to youth and the future. Both men are Master Hunter Education Instructors who have trained hundreds of other instructors and thousands of youth over the years. Bill and Kenyon have also received numerous other awards for their efforts and long service as Hunter Safety Instructors. NYSOWA stated that “It was high time to recognize these two stalwarts of the outdoors who pass things on every chance they get.”

NYSOWA has recognized the fact that it is vital to pass on our outdoor heritage, including the understanding of the role of conservation and an interest in our outdoor sports. This can be done in several ways such as creating awareness through writing, helping organizations that promote these activities, or directly being involved in mentoring and educating.

More information about this award and the NYSOWA is available on their website at


Thank You Everyone for Your Generous Support!


New York State 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to everyone who helped make their Sportsman's Benefit Auction Event on October 15, 2020 a great success. Thank you to all our donors, sponsors, bidders and buyers for your kind generosity. Special thanks to Paul Galcik, Autioneer Chris Ward, John and Beverly Stanislowsky and the staff of Talk of the Town Auction House in Ballston Spa, NY. We couldn't have done it without you!


New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Names
Ashlee Woodcock as 2020 Artist of the Year

Ashlee Woodcock as 2020 Artist of the Year

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports is proud to name Ashlee Woodcock of Ballston Spa, NY as their 2020 Artist of the Year.  Ashlee is an incredibly talented artist who's drawing entitled Lab was featured in the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Sportman's Auction Event on Thursday, October 15 at the Talk of the Town Auction House in Ballston Spa.  Click here to visit Ashlee's Artist of the Year page.


To view photos from our 2019 Event please click here.






Read past NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Spotlight On articles.

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Updated January 31, 2021


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