Deputy Elementary's state champion Deadeyes archery team is in Madison, Wisc., this weekend to compete in the National Archery in Schools Program world championships at the Alliant Energy Center there.

The Deadeyes won Indiana state team and individual championships in Indianapolis last March and competed in the national meet in May at Louisville, Ky.

The school has now sent 20 of its 24 shooters on the the World Tournament Friday with the group scheduled to arrive today and compete on Sunday.

"The kids have been practicing at school twice a week since the beginning of June so they have been working very hard!" said Janet McCreary, a fifth grade teacher at Deputy who coaches the team along with Jennifer Amburgey and Chris Calhoun. "We have set the standard high with our state and national scores and hope to maintain or beat those scores."

The Deadeyes shot a 3,051 with 89 tens to win the state tourney while fourth grader Joseph Amburgey was the top elementary boy shooter with a 275 and 14 tens. Deputy then finished 18th at nationals with a 3,117 team score and 100 tens to advance to the World Tournament.

McCreary said in addition to the 20 shooters and three coaches, about 80 parents and family members will be making the trip to Wisconsin to cheer the fourth-year program on.

"We raised the money through sponsors, a hog raffle and a community yard sale," McCreary said. "The donations have made all this possible for the kids! We were able to cover rooms for all shooters and our Saturday night team meal.

"It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for some and with the help of donations, sponsors and some fundraisers, everyone who wanted and qualified to go has been able to," she added.

Team members who are making the trip include: third grader Matthew Douglas; fourth graders Amburgey, Jorja Hazelwood, Alexas Darnell, Dillon Wells, Trenten Eggers and Nickie Barrett; and fifth graders Paige Stewart, Caroline Bechman, Daisy Ross, Jada Aldridge, Cody Price, Jasper Gray, Coleman Creech, Dustin Cox, Owen Cardinal, Coby Uebel, Dalton Bowen, Ashlee Swickard and Aliza Boles.

Christian Academy of Madison and Switzerland County High School have also pre-registered teams for the World Championships.

For more info, visit the NASP website at www.naspschools.org.