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Junior 4-H’ers finish seventh at state modified trap match

Emanuel County 4-H Project S.A.F.E. Modified Trap wrapped up its season with the state match the last week of May. By the end of the competition, the club’s two teams secured third and seventh place finishes.

Throughout this season, local 4-H’ers participated in three levels of competition total: the local Randy Fagler Memorial County Match, the Southeast District qualifying match, and the state 4-H modified trap match in Eatonton.

The Randy Fagler Memorial County Match was held Sunday, May 1. The following 4-H’ers were recognized as top shooters for their grade level: Trevor White (seventh grade), Maddox Robertson (eighth grade), Spencer Lawrence (ninth grade), Jacob Fagler (10th grade), Garrett Peebles (11th grade), and Hoage Reynolds (12th grade). Shanna Wilkerson received an award for overall top senior female, Fagler received the senior overall honor, Lauren Sapp was named overall top junior female, and Robertson was named top junior overall.

The Southeast District match was held Saturday, April 23, at Bay Gall Sporting Clays. While there, 24 of the youth shooters qualified for state, which took place Saturday, May 7, in Eatonton. Twenty-two 4-H’ers represented Emanuel at that time.

Shooters were grouped by age to form teams of five. The Junior team comprised of Robertson, White, Landon Lindsey, Gunner Johnson, and Paxton Dixon had the best showing that day of the two local teams, placing seventh seventh.

Joining Robertson, White, Lindsey, Johnson, Dixon, and Sapp on the Junior team comprised of seventh and eighth graders were: Aaden Cumbee, Randon Durden, Gage Johnson, Sam Williams, Bryan Beasley, Brody Fagler, Lillian Hammond, and Kristen Mulrooney.

Competing Senior 4-H’ers included: Lawrence, Fagler, Peebles, Reynolds, Olivia Boatright, Natalee Brown, Gage Gay, Peyton Lee, Sean Wilkerson, Ben Bennett, Gavin Gay, Luke Lariscey, Kason Palmer, Slade Hicks, Chloe Mulrooney, Evan Rogers, Mason Simmons, Shanna Wilkerson, and Jack Williams.

Emanuel County 4-H would like to thank its volunteers who have donated hundreds of hours of service to coach this year’s team. Without Ed and Brandi Akridge (program coordinators), Becky Amerson, Becky Amerson, Joey Amerson, Cade Bennett, Chesley Dixon, Mitchell Fagler, and Brad and T’Neil Williams, a program of this quality would not be possible.

The program is open to 7th through 12th grade students in Emanuel County who are enrolled in the 4-H Program.

Modified trap, a program open to students in grades seven through 12 enrolled in the 4-H program, gives 25 clay targets to participants, who must hit them from a single thrower. All 4-H’ers are coached by volunteer leaders from the 4-H program who are certified instructors. Emanuel County 4-H had 33 total 4-H’ers in grades seven through 12 participating in the Project S.A.F.E. Modified Trap program for the 2022 year.

4-H provides fun, exciting, and educational events year-round for youth in grades four through 12. For more information about Emanuel County 4-H and how to get involved as a member, volunteer, or sponsor, contact the Emanuel County Extension Office at 478-237-1226.

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