Benton, La (KMSS) — This weekend at the 2014 NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) World Tournament, Benton's team of fourth and fifth graders have been competing against the best archers from across the globe. They faced off against teams from Africa, Canada, England and Mexico to name a few. Today when the scores were tallied, Benton Elementary placed first out of the 30 teams, clinching the title of Elementary World Champions.
A trophy ceremony is taking place this evening in Madison.
Under the direction of Benton Elementary Archery Coach Perry Norcross, the team was named elementary state champions for 2013-14 and placed eighth in the nation in May at the NASP tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
To put their win in perspective, NASP is the largest youth archery program in the world. At the 2014 National Tournament, nearly 10,450 student archers competed, setting a new Guinness World Record. The 4th-12th graders represented 665 schools in 39 states. Benton's win at Nationals earned them the right to compete at the world level.
The shcool will hold a celebration pep rally Thursday at 5pm in the Benton Elementary gymnasium.