Roger Bacon Academy archer gets world champion ranking

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Stand 11 steps away, check your stance, eye the center of the target, pull the arrow back, feel the tension of the compound bow, take a slow breath, aim and… release. Bull’s-eye. 

For months this has been the regimen for each competitive archery student on The Roger Bacon Academy’s archery team. And that practice has paid off big time on a global scale at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of all our archery team students at the NASP World Tournament,” said T.J. Beamer Archery team coach for The Roger Bacon Academy in Leland. “But we are especially thrilled with the ‘World Champion’ ranking of Hunter Johnson.”

The archery team, in its first year, did well enough in the National tournament to compete in the NASP World Tournament. In competition in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month, the tournament invites the best competitive archers from around the world in three divisions of  boys’ and girls’ competition: elementary, middle school and high school. The RBA team of 12 had an overall ranking of 14th, making all the archers on the team in the top 100 of world competition. 

But Hunter Johnson, a seventh-grader at The Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School, earned world champion status in the middle division by ranking fourth out of all middle school competitors. His scores also were good enough to land him with an overall ranking of 11th out of 900 total competitors in all categories. Total middle schools that have competed to this point in the NASP are 3,700 archery teams.

The National Archery in the Schools Program brings the sport of archery to millions of students in schools across the United States. Designed to teach international style target archery in physical education class fourth through 12th grades, core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self-improvement. 

Students shoot at 80-centimeter bull’s-eye targets placed before an arrow curtain in their gymnasium or an outdoor range. Equipment used is state-of-the art and designed to fit every student.