Only a short period has gone by since the passing of both Trent Huber and Jillian Young, two extremely dedicated and fun loving individuals, who’s names shall live on for generations to come.
Through their memorial scholarships, students will be able to achieve future success. However, just like any scholarship, there has to be funds available. So what better way to raise some money than having a fun day of outdoor shooting sports?
The families of Huber, Silex, and Young, Elsberry, are proud to announce their upcoming Memorial Trap Shoot event, to be held on Sunday, June 30 at Lolar Branch Outdoor Sports in Silex. All proceeds will go to scholarships for local area high school students.
“I’ve been friends with [Young and Huber] for a really long time,” said Jessie Jones, one of the coordinators for the event. “One day my friend and I started talking about having a trap shoot. She decided she didn’t want to do it, but after talking to Trent’s mom, who thought it was a great idea, I decided to stay with it.”
The original idea of a trap shoot event was solely around the Huber Memorial Scholarship. However, shortly after the idea began to take form, both communities were saddened by the loss of Young, which would later turn the event into the Huber-Young Memorial Trap Shooting Event, something Jones hopes becomes an annual event.
“My mom went to school with Maureen Wommack, so we decided to have it at her and her husbands location (Lolar Branch Outdoor Sports), which I used to shoot there as well,” explained Jones. “I really want to thank her and her husband Dave for hosting this event for us.”
Trent, a junior at Silex High School touched the lives of many through his active life of church, sports, school clubs and especially FFA activities.
“The Huber family recently held their first annual Glow Run, also a fundraiser for scholarships, in honor of Trent. Pike and
Lincoln County showed their love with approximately 500 participants,” said Jones.
When asked how they were managing to squeeze in another big event like this Jim and Cynde Huber, replied, “I just listen to Trenton telling me, I got this.”
Jim and Cynde recently presented several Trenton Huber scholarships to local high school seniors from Silex and Bowling Green high schools with funds previously raised.
“Jillian was not only beautiful, but athletic and smart,” stated Jones. “Jill was also involved in many school organizations including cheerleading and became good friends with Trent through FFA trap shooting.”
Kimberly Lovelace-Young and William S. Young vividly recall Jillian’s words “Time heals all wounds. Keep your chin up.”
The Young family provided the first Jillian Young Scholarship in 2013 to Cody Shaw, an Elsberry Graduate.
Although the event seemed like a great idea for all those involved, it almost didn’t come to fruition as Jillian’s mother, Kim Lovelace-Young, is still grieving her loss, as are the family of Trent. However, she agreed it was a good idea and has many other events in the works for the Jillian Young Memorial Scholarship. According to Lovelace-Young, she would like to be able to provide $5000 for one student and $2500 for two others. But nothing is set in stone just yet.
“A lot of people keep asking me why we’re doing this and I guess they don’t know just how close I was to these two wonderful people,” said Jones. “When I set my mind to something I go all in and follow through with it.”
Both families would like to extend their gratitude to all the individuals and businesses that have sponsored the event or donated to the silent auction.
“Thank you for helping share Trent’s smile and Jillian’s sparkle,” said Jones.
Registration for the event has begun and will continue through the day of the event. Individual shooters or teams are welcome to register together, as morning and afternoon shoot preferences will be offered. However, individuals will need to be placed on a squad.
Ready to add another gun to the collection? The committee is currently selling tickets for a Rugger 10/22-22 Long Riffle-wood stock gun. Tickets are available for $10 each or three tickets for $20. The drawing will be held at the end of the Trap shoot; winner, need not be present to win, but must be 18-years of age or older and must pass the NICS check to be eligible to receive gun. Advance ticket sales are available.
For more information or for updates pertaining to the event contact Jessie Jones at 636-290-3963 or Julie Rodgers at 636-290-8564.
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