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4H archers and shooter place second
4H archers
Two 4-H archers, Morgan Chastain (left), 14, and Rebecca Spangler, 18, both of Dawsonville, placed 2nd at the State Games of America Aug. 5 and 6. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Three Dawson County 4-H members recently competed in the State Games of America where two placed second in the national competition for archery and the third placed second for shooting.

Morgan Chastain, 14, Rebecca Spangler, 18, and Madelyn Lee, 12, all brought home silver medals from the competition in Grand Rapids, Mich. that was held Aug. 5 and 6.

Chastain and Spangler are now qualified to attend the 2019 State Games of America in Lynchburg, Va.

Chastain is a rising ninth grader at Dawson County Junior High School. She shoots compound and this year is her third year with the local 4-H archery team.

Rebecca Spangler graduated in May and will be attending Lanier Tech this fall and assisting with the team as well. She shoots recurve.

Lee is a seventh grader at Dawson County Middle School. She recorded her best score every with 381 out of 400 and 19 bulls eyes in the 12-14 year old BB class. She has been a 4H member for three years and shooting for one.

Also competing at the games was Ken Spangler, 15, a rising sophomore in a homeschool program. He shoots compound and this year is his second on the team.

More than 40 sports will be competed for gold, silver and bronze at the State Games of America, according to Tabatha Chastain, who organizes the paperwork for the archery team.

Chastain said the local 4-H program accepts students in fourth through 12th grade in the compound or recurve disciplines.

"We compete in two state competitions through 4-H and several local comps as well as several 3-d shoots," Chastain said.

4-H is the youth program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For more information about this program or other 4-H activities in Dawson County, contact Chesley Davis or Samantha Graves at the UGA Cooperative Extension Service at (706) 265-2442.