LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky middle school students really hit the mark in a national competition.

Students at Stuart Pepper Middle School in Meade County beat out more than 200 other schools in an archery competition to nab the national championship. They won the title over the weekend at the National Archery in the Schools Program at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

The program first aimed to get kids involved in archery.

"It gets lots of kids involved that aren't involved in football, basketball, because it doesn't matter how big or how small you are, anybody can shoot a bow," said one organizer. "It's just how well you can shoot a bow."

"It feels pretty good, especially going into high school, being a national champion in 8th grade," said student Elise Leonhart. "It's great!"

The Stuart Pepper Middle School team showed off their hardware and trophy on Monday. 

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