Saturday, I attended the 5th annual Archery in Schools Tournament at
Charleston, with 500 students and 51 schools in attendance.
Schools is a nationwide program that introduces youngsters into the
sport of archery. It is designed to teach a lifelong skill. It creates
success in individuals who may never star in the classroom. One does not
have to be a jock to succeed, and, typically, the girls results are
equal or greater than boys.
Schools is known to create better attendance, grades, and enthusiasm for
school. At my school, archery is an intense desire of the students. One
look at a child’s face after an arrow pierces the 10-ring tells all.
incorporates Mathews’ genesis bows, no sights, and a standard 10-ring
target. Archers shoot 15 shots from 10 meters and 15 meters, hoping for
that perfect score of 300. Students at the competition shot as high as
Schools is a hit throughout West Virginia, from Wheeling to Welch and
all points between. Training dates are available for any schools wishing
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Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a
1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow
Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)