Baton Elementary students hit the bull’s eye during the National Archery in Schools Program competition, ranking the fourth and fifth grade team first in the state.
Fifth grader Finlee Young posted the highest individual female score not only in the elementary division, but among all female competitors in North Carolina, scoring a personal best of 263 points out of 300. Jayden Drum, also a fifth grader, scored the highest in the male elementary division in North Carolina with a score of 261.
Both qualified for the national competition as did their 21 teammates on the Baton championship team: Lauryn Harris, Hunter Philyaw, Gwendolyn Chester, Bryson Genwright, Andrea Rhoades, Jon Spears, Trey Shell, Tristan Griffith, Zach Caldwell, Sylas Scruggs, Emily Coffey, Trina Hurtado, Michael Garrett, Daysha Burwell, Seth Hensley, Trinity Hicks, Alyssa Rivers, Zoey Marley, Kelsea Kiziah, Lily Honeycutt, and Emma Grace Harris.
The team is coached by Baton Elementary PE teacher Colt Kale and retired PE teacher Bill Knight, who started the team four years ago.
Being first place in the state qualifies the entire team to compete at the National competition in Louisville, Kentucky, May 11-13. In the last four years, there have always been individuals who have qualified for the national level of competition, but this is the first year the team has won the state championship title and been invited to compete in the North Carolina top position. Last year the Baton Archery Team placed 2nd in the state.
The Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County will be sponsoring the team to participate in the national competition and the school is also accepting donations. For more information, contact Baton Elementary principal Jason Teffeteller at 828.728-9531.