Jefferson Middle School places 11th at national archery competition
The Jefferson Middle School Archery Team placed in the Top 20 at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament.
The tournament was held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 23 students attended the competition. The school’s team has won the state championship in archery for four consecutive years and placed 11th during the national competition.
The NASP was initiated to improve student motivation, focus, attendance and other things and as a way to encourage outdoor skills education. The program began as the Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program and upon reaching its goal of a 120-member school from neighboring states, it became the NASP. The program was created by the Kentucky Departments of Fish & Wildlife Resources, the state’s department of education and Mathews Archery.
The team from Jefferson Middle School placed higher than all other teams in Illinois at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels.
The students were also able to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery during the trip. Michael and Abigail Combs took part in the presentation of a wreath to honor missing soldiers.
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