CCS Middle School Archery team wins 2nd place State Title

Columbus Charter School (CCS) brought home the title of 2nd place middle school archery team in the state, following just behind their sister school Charter Day School in Leland. This is according to the official team and individual scores recently released by The National Archery in the Schools Program, (NASP) following the recent North Carolina State Archery Tournament. The 3rd-year team is comprised of 24 boys and girls in grades 6-8.

Individually, two CCS archers earned a top-ten ranking of all middle school boys in the state. 7thth grade student Justin Parker achieved a 3rd place state rank and 7th grader Holland James achieved the 8th place state rank, (1st and 2nd places respectively in their individual grade.)

In addition to excellence, this year’s 2nd place ranking reveals continued growth. Last year, the team placed 3rd in state competition. That was a leap from the previous year, (CCS’s first year for the archery program,) when the team placed 7th in the state.

“I’m very proud of the school staff, volunteer coaches, and most of all, our students,” says Head Coach Steve Smith who also happens to be Headmaster of Charter Day School in Leland, “It is a great feeling to be the headmaster of the first and second place NASP Middle School Archery Teams in North Carolina!”

As a public charter school, and unlike a district public school, CCS does not receive any capital funding for facilities, maintenance, or athletic programs.
Thus, the current catalog of athletic programs offered is the result of staff, parent, and community members volunteering their time and passion for students. Results like these – first and second place State Titles in Archery are proof of the high quality programs provided by these volunteers.

K-8 CCS also provides both the highest-scoring elementary and middle schools in the Columbus County or Whiteville City school districts on state End-of-Grade tests. The tuition-free public charter school welcomes any student and provides a classical curriculum. CCS is the second of four Public Charter Schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy founded by Baker Mitchell in 1999. For more information, please visit

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