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Anderson County Middle School archers were among 100 National Archery in the Schools Program students honored March 1 by Gov. Steve Beshear at the state capital in Frankfort.
The middle school team is the two-time defending middle school champion of an event titled the World Invitational Tournament in Florida.
They were joined by middle school runners-up Bondurant Middle School from Frankfort.
The archers were honored by Beshear, along with state Sen. Julian Carroll, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and state Rep. Carl Rollins.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Steve Glenn praised the Department of Fish and Wildlife for developing NASP and told the group Kentucky leads the way with 900 participating schools and 200,000 student archers.
“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 in-school Olympic style target archery program. It teaches discipline, practice skills, concentration and focus. Teachers report that students in NASP come to school on archery day at higher rates and have better attitudes. NASP is now in every Kentucky County. It is the fastest growing sport in Kentucky.
Champion Anderson County Middle and Bondurant Middle School competed against teams from across the country, and also from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. NASP is taught in-school during the school day as a part of the physical education class.