Letcher County has a national champion archer, and she’s a student in the Jenkins Independent School District.
Kimber Collins, a fifth grader at Jenkins Elementary School, is National Elementary Champion in the National Archery in the Schools Program. She completed the Virtual National Tournament, which ended Sunday, with a score of 284 out of 300.
She placed first out of 978 fifth-grade girls, first out of 1,549 elementary division girls, and 208 out of 7,307 girls overall, including high school. She also placed first in the NASP/ IBO 3-D Tournament and second in the NASP Bullseye Tournament in her division.
Kimber is a daughter of J.R. and Angie Collins of Premium. She will be a sixth grader at Jenkins next school year.
According to its web site, NASP is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades four through 12 by helping them learn focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and “the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life.” It is a team sport open to all students, regardless of athletic ability.