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Batesville Team Wins World Archery Tournament

For the third year in a row, Eagle Mountain Magnet School’s archery team found themselves in Orlando competing for a world title. On October 8th, for the second time in three years, they won. Batesville qualified for a trip to Disney World by placing first in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament and second in the National Archery tournament in the Schools program national tournament in Kentucky. Their score of 3291 set the new elementary school world record, beating the previous world record of 3287.

They never would have made it without Coach Susan Parker. Parker has been a PE instructor in the Batesville schools for more than 20 years and has coached the team since its formation in 2009. “This is an incredible opportunity for our student and our state. We couldn’t have done it without the strong support of the parents and the Batesville School District,” Parker stated following their win.

Top elementary archer in the World was Jack Looney with a 292. Six eagle Mountain Magnet team members were also recognized for their Top Five Finishes in their grade level. Jack Looney and Celsey Wood took first place in the male and female fifth grade division. Also, finishing in the fifth grade division was a third place award for Ronnie Jeffrey. Sixth grade division winners were Katie Allen (4th place) and Natalie Craft (5th place. Gina Mishark placed 4th in the fourth grade division. Of the 24 team members, 15 will return next year to defend their title.