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MOUNT WASHINGTON - In a matter of weeks, members of the Eastside Middle School archery team will pack their bags and head down to Orlando, Fla., where they will compete with archery teams from across the globe in the annual National Archery in the Schools Program World Invitational.
While the team has competed in several NASP tournaments since becoming the first archery program in Bullitt County Public Schools, this year will mark Eastside’s first World competition.
EMS Archery Coach Brian Eschman said the team qualified to compete in the tournament last year, but they opted not to participate because the four-day trip was so expensive, costing around $800 per person.
Eschman said the team didn’t want to miss out this year.
“It’s an incredible opportunity,” he said. “ You’re down there with the cream of the crop. You can’t lose. It‘s going to be a great experience.”
Eastside was offered the chance to compete after their score at the NASP Nationals tournament earned them an invitation.
At Nationals EMS placed 57 out of 106 in the middle school division and 31 out of 91 in the elementary division.
Eschman hoped the opportunity to compete in the World competition would provide his team with the motivation to continue improving their scores.
The team is practicing together twice a week until the competition and many students are practicing at home.
“They have a little bit of work to do before World, but they’re making good progresseethat‘s what it‘s all about.” Eshman said. “We may not have the best score ever, but it’ll help them next year and give them something to remember.
EMS seventh grader Sarah Link, who was ranked 15 out of 1,049 girls at Nationals, said she was nervous about the upcoming competition.
“It’s so big,” she said quietly.
Link hoped to do well and she’s most looking forward to meeting people from other countries and competing with them.
Like many of her teammates she’s also excited about going to Disney World.
Link is one of 20 EMS students headed for the World tournament, which will be held Oct. 6-9.