Being named KHSAA player of the year in any sport at any school is a great accomplishment, but when Lynn Camp's Julia Shepherd was named KHSAA Female Archer of the Year, it was a statement for all athletes from a small school.

"I was very surprised about getting this award," Shepherd said. "I really didn't think anyone from a small school like Lynn Camp would be able to do anything like this and get recognized. I really think we need to help small schools out and help them get recognize more for their accomplishments."

Shepherd admits she couldn't have done it without the support she has recieved from her coaches.

"I would like to thank my archery coach Jonathan Stevens and Chris Hammonds for helping me out this year and get into where I need to be for this award," she said. "I would also like to thank my former coach

Patty Smith. She helped me a lot throughout the years. This award feels really good. I am very happy that I can hopefully lead by example for other small schools and show kids that they can do anything they put their mind to, even if you're from a small school like Lynn Camp.

Shepherd is a five-sport athlete and is coming off a district championship in softball.

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