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Three SW Missouri student archers make Academic All-American Team

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognized nine Missouri student archers in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) who made the 2021 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Academic All-American Team. Two of which came from Lamar Middle School and one from Carl Junction High School.

MDC congratulated the following Missouri student archers on the 2021 NASP® Academic All-American Team who not only excelled on the range, but who were also recognized by their school for proficiency in the classroom:

NASP Elementary Division All-American Academic Archers

  • Jake Sloan of Compass Elementary School in Platte City
  • Zara Butcher of Billings Elementary School in Billings

NASP Middle School Division All-American Academic Archers

  • Koen Littlejohn of Lamar Middle School in Lamar
  • Sydney King of Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City
  • Owen Vaught of Crane Middle School in Crane
  • Kynlee McCulloch of Lamar Middle School in Lamar

NASP High School Division All-American Academic Archers

  • Jeremiah Jones of Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction
  • Blake Moore of Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro
  • Klint Luebbering of Fatima High School in Westphalia

“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, 8 Canadian provinces, and 9 other countries,” said NASP President Dr. Tommy Floyd. “Through the emphasis on academics, we truly believe that NASP continues to achieve one of its long-standing goals of helping to motivate students for success in the classroom.”

MDC also congratulated the numerous MoNASP student archers and teams who shot top scores in the national virtual competition for all NASP archers. A record 15,683 archers from 1,053 schools in 42 states competed in the virtual bullseye competition and 4,015 archers from 326 schools in 33 states competed in the virtual 3D competition.

Top teams and individuals from Missouri for the bulls-eye tournament were:

High School Division

  • Calvary Lutheran in Jefferson City — 4th place
  • Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro — 5th place
  • Fatima High School in Westphalia — 9th place
  • Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction — 10th place

Middle School Division

  • Lamar Middle School in Lamar — 8th

Individuals from Missouri stood out among the top shooters. Jeramiah Jones from Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction placed second overall with a score of 299 out of a possible 300. Ty Lower from Crane High School in Crane, Blake Moore from Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, and J.J. Quehl from Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville all shot a 295. Lexi Buechter from Blair Oaks in Wardsville placed 9th for all high school females with a score of 294.

In the middle-school division, Sydney King from Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City placed 5th in the female division with a score of 293. Also shooting a 293, Koen Littlejohn of Lamar placed 8th in the male division. In the elementary female division, Jaelyn Jordan from Mason Elementary in Lees Summit finished 2nd with a score of 281.

On the 3D range, Missouri teams and individuals excelled as well. Sydney King from Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City shot a 296 out of 300 leaving her tied for first place amongst all female shooters. Garrett Elliott from Cole Camp placed 5th for the middle school male division. Kynlee McCulloch from Lamar Middle School placed 8th in the female middle school division. Jake Sloan from Compass Elementary in Platte City placed 7th in the elementary male division. Jeremiah Jones from Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction placed 4th in his division. J.J. Quehl from Blair Oaks in Wardsville placed 8th and Jared Braun from Calvary Lutheran in Jefferson City placed 10th.

Missouri teams placing in the 3D competition in the high-school division were Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City in 2nd place, Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro in 4th place, Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction in 8th place, and Sarcoxie High School in Sarcoxie in 9th place. In the middle-school division, Lamar Middle School in Lamar took 6th place, Platte City Middle School in Platte City took 9th place, and Carl Junction Middle School in Carl Junction took 10th place. In the elementary division, Compass Elementary School in Platte City took 9th place.

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