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Kids participate in archery competion this weekend

Skill and concentration is what keeps students aiming for greatness during the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Skill and concentration is what keeps students aiming for greatness during the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program.

Friday, about 800 elementary kids competed in the event.

"You get to come here, shoot a bow, have fun, and you get out a school for it. You don't have to be strong to enjoy it," said Horace Mann Magnet Middle School student Michael Emery.

This is the fourth year for the event which leads to a national competition. So spectators keep a close eye on the results.

"I think its really fun and more girls should try it. You don't have to be super strong," said 8th grader Samantha Emery.

Planners say they hope events like this will inspire more kids to participate because it helps them love and appreciate the outdoors, plus keeps them on target in school and in life.

"A lot of schools are looking for additional team sports for their kids. So this is filling a good void around the state," said coordinator Curtis Gray.



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