Students compete in part of national archery tournament in Heartland

Students competing Archery Competition (Source: Mike Mohundro KFVS)
Students competing Archery Competition (Source: Mike Mohundro KFVS)

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - The 2nd Annual Immaculate Conception Archery Invitational kicked off on Saturday featuring students from several schools in Southeast Missouri.

Students from St. Ambrose, New Madrid County Central and Immaculate Conception took part in the NASP tournament (National Archery in the School Program).

Event Coordinator Ellen Koeper said it's great to see these kids get involved in something extracurricular.

"It's exciting," You can just see by the cheers going on in the gym when the coaches were shooting, they're excited. The minute they started shooting, some students asked me if there was somebody else was going to have a tournament? I'm like sure. So they are all about it," Koeper said.

Koeper hopes more school will join in on this so they can see more growth with this sport locally. 

"A lot of the schools have this program in their school but they haven't started an after-school program," Koeper. "That's what you need to do to get these kids involved."

Students at New Madrid County Central joined this year for their first archery tournament.

New Madrid County Central Middle School Principal Thomas Drummond said this is important for these kids to get involved in after-school activities, and it's also important for those that have other options other than the regular sports offered at schools. 

"Now we can do something for kids that normally don't play basketball or football," Drummond said. "This is an outlet for them and they enjoy it."

Drummond said this is a sport for anyone, including one student that is in a wheelchair. He feels it's amazing that she is able to participate in something she enjoys.

"There's nothing she can't do when she puts her mind to it," Drummond said. "That's what she told me the other day. She said, Mr. Drummond, I'm so happy because I'm being able to do something that I didn't think I would be able to do."

Qualifying students will move onto play at the regional level at New Madrid County Central on February 22.

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