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East Texas school is Taking Aim

CANTON, TEXAS (KLTV) - At Canton high school...class is in session.

Only this class, isn't like others.

No books, no notes, only bows and arrows.

Welcome to 3rd period.

"It is a hard class, but it is fun at the same time," said sophomore Jacob Nutt.

"It is good to know that we have something like that here, that other places don't," said senior Kaylie Robertson.

Canton is one of only two high schools in East Texas that are part of the National Archery in Schools Program, a program tied in with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

It allows kids to literally take aim at something different.

"People are all involved with football and basketball because they have been around forever," said Nutt, "And when we bring out an archery competition, people just become interested in it."

"We reach kids that have not been reached by any other class at the school," said archery coach Danny Yarbrough, "They have never been in extracurricular activities and now they have found something that they are good at, and when you tell them good job, they really appreciate it."

Turns out, they're naturals.

In three years of the archery program in Canton, the team has won three state titles.

"And we comepete against all levels, 3A, 4A and 5A," said Yarbrough, "So I cannot tell you how proud I am of these kids."

Now, they will represent East Texas at the national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

"I dont know if there is even a word to describe how proud we are," said junior Courtney Holloway, "We are extremely proud of how we have done in the first three years that we have had it."

"To be there with so many other kids that are in the same sport you are," said Robertson, "It is a great feeling to be there."

But until then, you will find them, loving going to class.

"It is fun to come to school just for archery," said Holloway.

Robertson addes, "It makes school alot of fun and something to enjoy and be ready for during the day."

The national tournament is May 11th and 12th in Louisville.

The school is having a fundraising "Shoot-A-Thon" on Monday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. to raise money for their trip.

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