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Batesville Team Wins World Archery Tournament

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Eagle Mountain Magnet School’s archery team is making a habit of competing in the National Archery in the Schools Program World Archery Tournament. For the second time in three years, Eagle Mountain Magnet School’s archery team has taken home the world title. Their score of 3,291 set the new elementary school world record, beating the previous world record of 3,287.

Batesville qualified for a trip to Orlando and Disney World by placing first in the Arkansas NASP state tournament and second in the NASP national tournament in Kentucky.

Susan Parker is the team’s coach. Parker has been a physical education instructor in the Batesville schools for more than 20 years and has coached the team since its formation in 2009. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students and our state. We couldn’t have done it without the strong support of the parents and the Batesville School District,” Parker said following their win.

Top elementary archer in the world was Jack Looney with a score of 292. Six Eagle Mountain Magnet team members also were recognized for their top five finishes in their grade level. Looney and Celsey Wood took first place in the male and female fifth grade division. Also finishing in the fifth grade division was a third place award for Ronnie Jeffrey. Sixth grade division winners were Katie Allen (4th place) and Natalie Craft (5th place). Gina Mishark placed 4th in the fourth grade division. Of the 24 team members, 15 will return next year to defend their title.

NASP originated in 2002 with 21 Kentucky middle schools. The organization has grown to 9,000 schools and 2 million student archers.