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Maumelle Archer Aiming High

Maumelle, Ark. has a champion archer in the making. You know — the bow and arrow kind.

In the competitions, students are not allowed to use just any type of bow, add on sights, or make modifications to help them better hit the targets. All students must use a standard Genesis Original compound bow without modification.

The maximum score possible is 300, with each of 30 arrows being worth a maximum of 10 points.  Fifteen arrows are shot from 10 meters and the other 15 are from 15 meters (49.2 feet).

Bailey Mason is a fifth-grader at Pine Forest Elementary and qualified for the NASP (National Archery in the Schools) National Tournament after scoring a 268 in the NASP Arkansas State Competition which was held in Hot Springs, Ark.  Bailey finished second in the state and qualified individually for  Nationals.

At the National competition in Louisville, Ky., Bailey scored a 287 out of 300, placing fourth overall.  First and second place both tied with a 288 and she tied third place with 287 (just one point away from first place).  Because she scored in the top five she was invited to be a part of the National Academic All American Archery Team (24 students out of 15,000+ students were chosen) and compete in the NASP World Archery Championship in Orlando, Fla.

In the competition, Bailey placed second in the World Competition with a score of 285 out of 300.

Bailey, age 11, is the daughter of Sandra Downs Mason of Maumelle, Arkansas, a former Ava resident.

Bailey is the granddaughter of Bill and Sue Downs of Ava, Mo.