Student Archers Honored At State Capitol

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Archers from the World Champion Anderson County Middle School team joined other student athletes from throughout Kentucky at the state Capitol for recognition of their participation in the National Archery in the Schools Program.

Gov. Steve Beshear lauded the young athletes for their accomplishments at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Invitational Tournament held last October at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Students received recognition from the governor and legislators on March 1.

Anderson County Middle School won their division in the world competition. Student archers from Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort placed second. Kentucky teams competed against students from across the country as well as several foreign countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The NASP organization, founded by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in 2002, has since been adopted in 47 states and five other countries.

State Sen. Julian Carroll welcomed the student archers to the floor of the Senate chamber. Several senators also rose to recognize individuals and teams from their districts.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Rep. Carl Rollins bestowed similar recognition and honors upon the students on behalf of the House as well.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Steve Glenn praised the department for developing NASP. Kentucky leads the way with 900 participating schools and 200,000 student archers, he noted.

“Teachers tell us that students in archery are better behaved, care more about their grades, are more interested in learning and pay better attention,” he said. “NASP is clearly good for the student-teacher relationships and good for schools.”

NASP is an Olympic-style target archery program taught during physical education classes. Students in the program learn focus, discipline and practice skills. Teachers report higher attendance by participating students during practice days, and better attitudes among those students. The archery program, which is now offered in every Kentucky county, is the fastest growing sport in the state.

Teams and students recognized for their achievements at the world competition include:

Anderson County Middle School, world champion team, Middle School Division; Bondurant Middle School, world runner-up team, Middle School Division; Henderson County South Middle School, world 3rd place team, Middle School Division; and Meade County High School, world 3rd place team, High School Division.

Individual award winners include:

Megan Aldridge, Westridge Elementary School (Franklin County); Sherri Bullock, Eubank Elementary School (Pulaski County); Austin Nolen and Cole Blanford, The Frankfort Christian Academy; Clay Stevens and Kaila Cunningham, Trigg County Intermediate School;

Shaye Patterson, Trigg County Middle School; Mary Aldridge, Bondurant Middle School (Franklin County); Johnny Edwards, Cody Gardner, Payton Lykins and Maggie Melton, Henderson County South Middle School; Jacob Able and Cameron Peyton, Anderson County Middle School;

Lucas Roy, Southern Middle School (Pulaski County); Kayla Dowell, Stuart Pepper Middle School (Meade County); Marissa Eschman, Eastside Middle School (Bullitt County); and Nathan Parcell, Meade County High School.

The NASP state archery tournament is set for March 29 in Louisville.