Benton Elementary and Middle Named World Archery Champions
Bossier Parish Schools can lay claim to not just one, but two world champions after Benton Elementary and Benton Middle hit the bullseye and swept the competition July 23-25 at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament in Nashville, TN.
This is the second year Benton Elementary won the Elementary World Championship title and the first for Benton Middle, which took the Middle School World Championship title. Coaches Perry Norcross and Beth Duncan helped lead Benton Elementary to victory; Terrie Streetman and Jessica Benoit were the coaches and driving force behind Benton Middle School's team.
The accolades do not end there. Benton Elementary student Emma Bunch earned the World Championship in the Elementary Girls division with a score of 292 out of a possible 300. Anna Robins from Benton Middle placed fourth in the world in the Middle School Girls division, shooting a 289.
An estimated 5,100 children competed in the World Tournament, representing the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa and Namibia.
A celebratory pep rally was held for both winning teams in late July, before the new school year started. Not only was it proclaimed Benton Elementary and Middle School Archery Day in the Town of Benton, but the teams also received proclamations from the Bossier Parish Police Jury and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Congratulations to these outstanding archers and their coaches for being named champions of the world!
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