Kentuckians Win Big in School Archery World Tournament


Fifthgrader Savannah Philpot of Laurel County and seventh grader Henry Thompson of Lawrenceburg took top honors in the recent world school archery tournaments held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Philpot, a student at Bush Elementary in London, bested 1,999 others to win the overall female champion title in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Bullseye Tournament held in June. The tournament featured 4,135 male and female students from 27 states and Canada.

Philpot scored 295 out of a possible 300 points to take the title.

Archers also competed in the NASP/IBO 3D World Tournament. Thompson, a student at Anderson County Middle School, took the boys’ 3D title with an overall score of 297 out of 300.

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The tournaments concluded the NASP 2015-16 season; Kentucky held its state tournament in March. Archers competing in the world event had to qualify in the national tournament.

Several Kentucky school teams also recorded strong finishes in the World Bullseye Tournament. White Hall Elementary of Richmond finished first among 54 teams in the elementary division with a score of 3,285 out of 3,600. Madison Central High School, also from Richmond, shot a team score of 3,452, finishing above the other 79 teams in the high school division. Pulaski County High School finished third in the division. Complete results from both tournaments may be found online at

The National Archery in the Schools Program was created in 2001 by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department of Education. The program has since gone international.