Oklahoma students perform well at national archery competition

Oklahoma students continue to show the nation that, when it
comes to the National Archery in the Schools Program, they are a
strong contender in competition. The program held its national
tournament May 13-14 in Louisville, Ky., and Oklahoma students
claimed some high rankings among students across the nation. One of
those was a second place ranking in the middle school girls
category taken by Cheyenne Keith of Greenville Middle School, and
another was a fourth place in the high school boys category taken
by Brydon Edmonds from Chickasha High School.

Keith’s second place win in a category of 999 middle school females
shows the nation that Oklahoma students can compete at the highest
level, as does Edmonds’ fourth place win among 1,236 high school
male shooters. Additionally, Chickasha Elementary School placed
fourth as a team in the elementary school category, while Zaneis
Middle School took sixth place in the middle school category. These
successful individual and team showings continue to solidify the
legacy being built by Oklahoma students in competition through the
Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program.

Just last year, then 5th-grader Meredith Noland from Chickasha took
her second consecutive national championship, and other first place
wins and high standings have been claimed by Oklahoma students in
recent years as well.

“We send our heartfelt congratulations to all of the students who
represented our great state in the national competition,” said
Justin Marschall, Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools
coordinator for the Wildlife Department. “It is amazing to see the
instant bond and mutual respect that this program builds between
students.”

Marschall went on to encourage Oklahoma students who participate in
the program to “continue challenging themselves in archery and in
life.”

This year’s national tournament drew about 6,730 youth shooters, of
which 251 were from Oklahoma.

Students involved in the Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools
Program hone their concentration skills by shooting at targets from
10 and 15 meters, attempting to place their arrows into a
three-inch diameter bullseye for points. Students of all ages,
sizes and athletic abilities can compete at the same level for high
standings and personal success.

Oklahoma students qualified for the national competition based on
their individual and team scores from the Oklahoma National Archery
in the Schools State Shoot held in March at the Oklahoma State Fair
Park in Oklahoma City. More than 1,150 students gathered at the
site for the state shoot to wrap up a season of archery practice
and competition at their respective schools and to determine
qualifiers for the national tournament.

Oklahoma is in its seventh year of participation in the Oklahoma
National Archery in the Schools Program, and about 270 schools are
currently participating.

The Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program, administered
by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, is part of a
national organization that introduces students to the sport of
archery, in which students of all athletic abilities can learn and
excel. The Archery in the Schools curriculum is designed for
4th-12th graders and covers archery history, safety, techniques,
equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement.

A limited number of grants are available each fiscal year for
schools interested in implementing the Oklahoma National Archery in
the Schools Program. Teachers interested in learning more about the
program or starting the program at their school should contact
Marschall at (405) 522-1857 or jmarschall@odwc.state.ok.us.

For more information about the Wildlife Department, log on to
wildlifedepartment.com.

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