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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Archery In School
by Cory Boothe


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 Last Saturday, I attended the 5th annual Archery in Schools Tournament at Charleston, with 500 students and 51 schools in attendance.

 Archery in 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.

 Archery in 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.

 The program 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 289.

 Archery in Schools is a hit throughout West Virginia, from Wheeling to Welch and all points between. Training dates are available for any schools wishing to participate.

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Editor’s 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.)

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