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National archery competition expects to draw 14,000 students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Students from across the U.S. are expected to arrive in Kentucky this week to participate in a national archery competition.

A statement from the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville says the National Archery in the Schools Program Nationals is being held there May 11-13 and expects to attract about 14,000 students from 42 states. It includes archers from grade 4 to grade 12.

The National Archery in the Schools Program promotes archery in the curriculum as a way to improve motivation, attention, behavior, attendance and focus.

Cash scholarships of $159,000 will be awarded during the competition to the top individual and team archers.

Officials say the event has an economic impact of about $4 million.

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