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Two hundred students compete in archery championships

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The concentration required for the sport of archery spills over into the classroom for young people across Mississippi.

The AIMS Championship is taking place at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center on the Fairgrounds. AIMS stands for Archery in Mississippi Schools.

Students from grades 4 through 12 can compete. They must shoot from various distances, aiming for the perfect score of 3,000. Two thousand children and teens will compete over the course of three days.

"You'll see some schools come in with five kids. You'll see some schools come in with 30 or 40. But with AIMS, no child sits on the bench," says Lieutenant Randy Newell with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

"I love the feeling of having the bow in my hand, watching the arrow fly out and hit the target. It's just a lot of fun," says Oak Grove Middle School student Abram Kelly.

The AIMS championship tournament is put on by the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Foundation. 

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