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Minnesota Fifth Grader Takes First Place at NASP National Tournament

by Chris Larsen

A Minnesota 5th grader won the top prize at the National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Minnesota NASPMitch Munion of Mahtomedi, Minnesota won first place among a field of nearly 1,600 fourth and fifth grade archers at the National Archery in the Schools Program(NASP) Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. The competition featured students from 31 different states with a total field of almost 12,000 archers. Munions coach, Becky Lusilla, says its no surprise to her that he shot so well. "He works hard every time hes at practice. Hes very focused. He loves what hes doing, which helps immensely. Munion shot his best score ever at the tournament.

The Mahtomedi team practices with students from White Bear Lake. In all, there are over 140 student archers on the two teams. Lusilla says archery builds self-esteem and confidence as well as increasing focus.

The state of Minnesota currently has 192,000 students shooting in the National Archery in the Schools Program. NASP trains teachers and provides students with top quality equipment including Genesis bows. The Minnesota DNR provides grant money to help school districts purchase the equipment. Kraig Kiger, Minnesota DNR Shooting Sports Education Specialist, says the department is focused on helping as many youngsters learn archery as possible. "Who knows how far a student might take their interest. In the case of Mitch Munion, hes already at the top of his class and has a whole career in front of him. Congratulations are in order.

The fifth grader also took fourth place in the new for 2014 NASP 3-D Challenge. This competition features animal shaped foam targets and can present archers with a completely different test than traditional spot targets.

Munion will compete in the NASP World Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin in July. Archers from the United States, Canada, Africa, and the United Kingdom will shoot in the Alliant Energy Center July 11-13. The focus, discipline, and skill that won the national title for Munion will be put to the test against archers from around the world. Good luck Mitch!


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