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Times Observer Photo by Brian Ferry Lexis Drukenbrod is gearing up to make an appearance at the NASP National Tournament later this month.

Lexis Drukenbrod is on track for a Nationals appearance.

The Tidioute Community Charter School junior will represent her school and county in the National School Program National Archery Tournament this month.

She earned an invite after scoring 259 out of 300, including five in the bullseye, at the Pennsylvania State Championship in March. She was the top scorer in the TCCS and finished in 21st place.

Drukenbrod is a member of the TCCS NASP, now in its second year.

“I’ve been doing archery since I was 9 or 10 with my dad,” she says. “I’ve been in the NASP for two years.”

“I have always loved archery” said Drukenbrod. “It’s something I hope to do for the rest of my life.”

The national competition will be held Thursday through Saturday in Louisville, Ken.

We are very proud of Lexis and all our archers,said coach Michael Patterson. “Other team members have continued to train with Lexis to help motivate him at the Nationals, and I’m confident Lexis will shoot well in Kentucky.

She takes no shortcuts.

“I train before school from 7:15 to 8 a.m. in the school gym and after school from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in a building we donated to NASP,” said Drukenbrod. “I also shot more at home to prepare for the national tournament.”

“She practiced so much that she blew the center of her shooting target,” said Patterson.

The young program is growing and the students are improving, according to Patterson and fellow coach Chad Buerk

“This year the team received a building from the Lindemuth family to train in, and many shooters have been training since September,” said Patterson. “The team sent nine shooters to the state tournament at Penn State in March.”

“It was a good season,” Buerk said. “Some archers have doubled their scores compared to last year, and they really took their time. Not only that, we had a lot of fun. Although I think Patterson was tired of adding up all the scores, which he had to do because I’m so bad at math.

“NASP is an activity that does not discriminate based on popularity, athletic ability, gender, height, or academic ability.” according to naspschools.org. “It’s a different team sport. It is open to all students.

“His biggest supporters are professional educators”, according to NASP. “Teams come together around one thing: archery. The National Archery in Schools Program is a school-based program aimed at improving the academic performance of students in grades four through twelve. And through it, students learn the focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and life lessons necessary to be successful in the classroom and in life.

Drukenbrod didn’t feel the pressure at the state event.

“I didn’t feel nervous” she says. “Our team had gone through several state qualifying sessions in preparation for states, which really helped me feel more confident.”

She is more apprehensive about the national event, but she is ready.

“I’m nervous, but I have a routine when I shoot, and I think that will help me when the pressure is on.” she says. “I’m also excited to be going to Kentucky to compete against the best archers in the country.”

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