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Walla Walla High School freshman Justin Evans and Garrison Middle School eighth-grader Curtis Huntley competed in the archery segment of the Washington State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships April 19-21 in Eatonville, Wash., according to Debi Evans in a release.
Both participate in the Walla Walla County Arrowhead Archery 4-H Club. Led by Dan Martin and Debi, the club has 16 boys and girls who shoot bi-monthly at Martin Archery.
Justin placed third in the senior division and Curtis finished fourth in the intermediate division. Justin’s qualifies him for the national championships later this year in Nebraska.
The two day competition was attended by roughly 75 archers from around the state. Each competitor was required to shoot 125 arrows in the three rounds.
The archery course was challenging because of the forested, hilly terrain, both students said.
“Since this was their first appearance at the state championship, both archers felt great about the final standing,” Debi said.
For more information about 4-H clubs in Walla Walla County, call the Washington State University Extension office at 524-2685.
Jean Tobin, the dedicated coach for the Walla Walla High School Debate Team, was honored by the Washington State Forensics Association.
She said the 2013 debate team was ranked fifth in the state in 4A schools in individual events.
SDLqI never imagined we would receive a team award given the strength of some of the other speech and debate programs in the state and I’m really proud of everyone for their work this year,” Jean said.
Pete Peterson, Wa-Hi principal thanked Jean for her “continued dedication to this program. The kids have done an amazing job and to see this much success as a program is outstanding.”
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