MCHS Freshman brought his “A-game” to archery Nationals


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Photo by Crystal Leo | The Meade County Messenger Wilson at the NASP Eastern Nationals Tournament after he shot a 296.

Last Friday, on May 13, the MCHS Archery team headed to Louisville's Kentucky Exposition Center to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Eastern National Tournament. Over 11,300 students in a total of 547 teams came from all over the eastern side of the country to compete in this multi-day tournament to see who the best individual shooter or team in the United States was. Meade County’s very own Avery Wilson, who is a freshman at Meade County High School, was one of the nation’s top shooters. With a score of 296, he placed 6th in the Boy’s Individual Rankings out of a total of 5,951 shooters. Competition is fierce at this level and Wilson narrowly missed having a 5th place ranking by one bullseye. Wilson shot 26 bullseyes whereas the student from Indiana who did end up in 5th place, also with a score of 296, shot 27 bullseyes. The other top four ranking individuals in the boys division only outshot Wilson by 1 or 2 points as 4th place shot a 297 and 1st place was a tie between three students from Alabama, Ohio and Missouri, who each shot a 298. Wilson’s success went further than his 6th place finish at Eastern Nationals though. On Monday, May 16, MCHS Archery Coaches Lynette Defevers and Andy Wardrip presented Wilson with an award for being appointed to the NASP High School Division All- American Academic Team. In a press release, Dr. Tommy Floyd, President of the NASP Organization, said, “Based on the results of the 2022 Western and Eastern NASP National Tournaments and using rosters of all registered Academic Archers, NASP announces its All-American Academic Teams in Elementary, Middle School, and High School Divisions. These student archers not only excelled on the range, but also were recognized by their school for proficiency in the classroom. NASP and the Academic Archer Title Sponsor - Easton Technical Products are proud to recognize these top student archers as they provide an excellent scholastic example for all NASP participants in 47 states and 8 Canadian Provinces. Wilson was one of 24 high school students to be appointed to the All-American Academic High School Division Team.

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