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5th grader is nation’s best elementary school archer

Kimber Collins poses with her bow outside Jenkins Elementary School. She is the new natonal elementary archery champion.

Kimber Collins poses with her bow outside Jenkins Elementary School. She is the new natonal elementary archery champion.

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.

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