July 2016 Volumn 17 Issue 193 - Page 10

M&B News Louisiana Archers Claim Second Straight National Archery in Schools Program World Championship After bringing home Louisiana’s first National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) national championship in May, Benton Middle School claimed its second straight NASP world title last month. Benton won the championship, beating Castle North Middle School of Indiana by an impressive 70 points, at the 2016 NASP World Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Archers from six Louisiana schools competed alongside more than 4,000 other students from the United States, Canada, and Mongolia. A total of 103 Louisiana student archers, part of the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program, attended the 2016 NASP World Tournament after earning the right by qualifying at the NASP National Tournament in May. Benton Middle archers improved their score from NASP Nationals by 40 points. “That isn’t as an easy feat when your archers are already shooting at such a high level,” said ALAS State Coordinator Robert Stroede, who oversees the program for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “It is impressive to see the dedication of these students. They gave up half of their summer vacation to prepare for this tournament and it’s great to see their hard work and determination pay off.” The win was definitely a team effort with every Benton Middle School team member shooting a 260 or above. The team was led by Abbie Rutledge, the top female shooter from Louisiana with a 291 score ranking her fourth among middle school girls. Riley Daniels was the top male shooter for the team, firing a 290 which put him 15th among middle school boys. Benton Middle wasn’t done yet though. Held in conjunction with the NASP World Tournament was the 2016 NASP World IBO 3-D Challenge. Thanks to stellar performances by Emma Bunch, Aidan Haire and Kaitlyn Misenheimer, Benton Middle School also won Louisiana’s first NASP 3D World Championship. Benton Middle School archers also brought home hardware as individuals in the 3-D event. After shooting a 291, Emma Bunch was named the middle school girls world champion. Aidan Haire and Kaitlyn Misenheimer both shot 289s and placed third in the middle school division.