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National Guard Junior World Championship
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Zach Whitten of Oceana, West Virginia, was the Mid-Atlantic Division winner in the 11-14 age group in the National Guard Junior World Championship
West Virginia BASS Federation Junior member Zach Whitten of Oceana, West Virginia, was the Mid-Atlantic Division winner in the 11-14 age group in the National Guard Junior World Championship - during two days of competition on Lake Hamilton.

Held in conjunction with the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup on nearby Lake Ouachita, the National Guard Junior World Championship awarded $42,000 in scholarships and youth-program grants to the top six competitors in the 11 to 14 age bracket and top six competitors in the 15 to 18 age bracket.

Seventy anglers representing 35 states fished for a share of $42,000 in scholarships and grants. The junior anglers were paired with an FLW Tour pro for competition on Lake Hamilton. There are three anglers to a boat: a junior angler from each age group plus an FLW Tour pro who assists the junior anglers but does not fish. The two junior anglers shared control of the boat for the day but compete in their respective age groups on Saturday.Weights zero on Sunday and the top six anglers in the 11 to 14 age bracket and the top six anglers in the 15 to 18 age bracket continue competition, with the winners determined by the heaviest catch from that day.

Designed to highlight the best up-and-coming bass fishing talent in the country, the National Guard Junior World Championship also provides national recognition for the positive activities pursued by Americaís youth.

First-place finishers in each age bracket receive a $5,000 scholarship in addition to a sponsor merchandise package.
Second-place finishers receive $3,000 scholarships plus sponsor packages.
Third-place finishers receive $2,500 scholarships plus sponsor packages.
Fourth-place finishers receive $2,000 scholarships plus sponsor packages.
Fifth-place finishers receive $1,500 scholarships plus sponsor packages.
Sixth-place finishers receive $1,000 scholarships plus sponsor packages.

Additionally, FLW Outdoors, on behalf of the National Guard, awards $1,000 to each of the state TBF chapters represented by the six finalists in each age bracket. This money, totaling $12,000, benefits each chapterís youth program.
Zach Whitten of Oceana, West Virginia, was the Mid-Atlantic Division winner in the 11-14 age group in the National Guard Junior World Championship

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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