After qualifying for world competition for the National Archery in the Schools tournament in Kentucky, the best of the best came together to compete at the World Tournament held June 29-30 in St. Louis.
Twenty-two states sent teams as well as two teams from Canada, and a total of 2,907 student archers in fourth grade through high school competed.
Once again Lee’s Summit R-7 students represented their schools very well with teams from Longview Farm Elementary and Summit Lakes Middle School qualifying for the prestigious competition.
The Longview Farm Elementary fifth- and sixth-grade team finished the tournament in eighth place in the world. The team’s top male shooter was fifth-grader Tucker Thompson, shooting a personal best of 277 out of 300. The top female shooter was sixth-grader McKenna Rice with a 270. The Longview Farm Elementary team out performed every other elementary team from Missouri, leaving them as the reigning Missouri State Champions.
The Summit Lakes Middle School students finished the tournament in 21st place in the world and are now the second-place middle school team in the state. Top performers were eighth-graders Shelby Winslow and Calvin Focht and seventh-grader Eli Burks. Calvin and Eli both shot 273, and Shelby shot a 290, which placed her third in the world for the middle school division and eighth overall in the entire world.
“These achievements would not be possible without the dedication and hard work from each student athlete and also the awesome support we have received from our parent volunteers,” said Steve Lanier, Longview Farm Elementary teacher and coach for both the Longview Farm and SLMS teams.