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Natalie Hong named archery champion

By Megan Wehring 

DRIPPING SPRINGS – A local senior competed at a national archery championship – ranking high above her competitors. 

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Elimination rounds finished the individual competition at the 2022 JOAD National Target Championship, which took place July 20 through July 24 at the Jack Allen Recreation Center in Alabama. After two days of qualification, archers went head-to-head in individual elimination matches, leading to the crowning of the National Champions.

Keeping cool under pressure was a theme for several archers, including Dripping Springs High School senior Natalie Hong.

Competing in the Recurve U21 (Junior) Women division, Hong garnered sixth in the qualifications but advanced through the elimination round to land herself in the gold medal match against Grace Lum, where she won 6-5.

“I kept shooting my best shots and I was patient because I knew it was going to be a marathon. I kept telling myself that at the end of the day, the best shooter would finish on top,” Hong said in a press release.

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Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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