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Benton Elementary archery team wins national championship


Benton Elementary School’s archery team hit the bullseye and is now the 2017 National Champions.

The school won the elementary division, after putting on an outstanding performance at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) tournament held earlier this month in Louisville, Ken.

Kingston Elementary followed right on the Tigers’ heels, placing second in the nation in both the bullseye and 3D divisions.

Nearly 14,500 archers participated in the Nationals, including many of our own. Teams from 12 Bossier Parish schools competed in the three-day event and they all shined, several of them ranking in the top 10 as well as being singled out for individual awards.

Kingston Elementary also hit their target, winning the 2017 Centershot Ministries Tournament, which was held in conjunction with the Nationals.

Three were also selected for the All Academic All Star Archery Team; Thomas Allen, who attends Kingston; Aiden Jones, who attends Haughton Middle; and Hannah McKenzie, who goes to Benton Elementary.

Here is a look at our Bossier schools’ and students’ rankings:

Elementary Bullseye

Benton Elementary — National Champions, ranking first out of 180 teams

Kingston — 2nd place out of 180 teams

Princeton — 20th out of 180

Legacy — 61st out of 180

W.T. Lewis — 118 out 180

Apollo — 135 out of 180

Middle School Bullseye

Benton Middle — 4th out of 242 teams

Haughton Middle — 28th out of 242 teams

Cope — 116 out of 242

Greenacres — 196 out of 242

High School Bullseye

Benton High — 30th out of 248 teams

Haughton High — 225 out of 248 teams

Elementary 3D

Kingston — 2nd out of 56 teams

Benton Elementary — 5th out of 56 teams

Princeton — 16th out of 56 teams

Middle School 3D

Benton Middle — 8th out of 89 teams

Haughton Middle — 20th out of 89 teams

High School 3D

Benton High — 10th out of 108

Haughton High — 106th out of 108

Individual Rankings

*Aiden Jones from Haughton Middle scored the state high of 297, earning him a $5,000 scholarship for 3rd overall male out of 7,730 archers. He placed 2nd overall in the Bullseye middle school boys competition out of 2,991 participants.

*Hannah McKenzie, Benton Elementary, took 3rd out of 1,906 competitors in the elementary girls division of the Bullseye with a score of 289; she placed 5th in the elementary girls 3D competition out of 506 archers.

*Thomas Allen from Kingston placed 5th out of 2,321 in the bullseye elementary boys competition with a score of 288.

*Madeline “Maddy” Lowry, from Benton Elementary, is ranked 4th in the 3D girls division out of 506 participating elementary girl archers.

It doesn’t end here for Bossier Schools’ archery teams. Several will continue practicing in preparation for the 2017 World Tournament to be held July 20-22 in Orlando, Fla.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.