PRATT – Kansas Archery in the Schools hosted its sixth annual state archery tournament, Saturday, March 28, at Clearwater High School. Three hundred and seventy students from 17 communities vied for a chance to compete at nationals. The top 10 male and female competitors from each grade division at the state tournament qualified to compete at the 2015 National Archery in the Schools tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, May 7-9.
Competing in three divisions, elementary school (grades 4-5), middle school (grades 6-8), or high school (grades 9-12), participants are required to shoot five arrows in each of the three rounds from a distance of 10 meters and a distance of 15 meters. A score of 300 points is considered perfect, which would be scores of 10 on each of the 30 total arrows they can be scored on.
Top scores in each grade division are as follows:
Elementary – Emma Edwards, Clearwater, 242
Middle School – Hannah Schoonover, Erie, 271
High School – Allie Lear, Chaparral, 272 *Top female score
Elementary – Dace Summervill, Erie, 261
Middle School – Christian Hastings, Clearwater, 272
High School – Jhett Ostrom, Dodge City, 279 *Top male score, top overall score
The 17 communities represented included: Anthony/Harper, Chapman, Cherokee, Clay Center, Clearwater, Cunningham, Dodge City, Erie, Holton, Hugoton, Kingman, Olathe, Otis-Bison, Parsons, Pittsburg, Rose Hill, and Tribune.
Operating under the umbrella of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) program, the Kansas archery program is aimed at promoting international-style target archery among students in grades 4-12. Program coordinators are able to introduce archery as a fun, lifelong activity to young people who may have never taken up the sport otherwise.
For more information, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click “Services / Education / Archery in the Schools,” or email Mike Rader at firstname.lastname@example.org.