SOUTH CHARLESTON — Students from 65 schools will participate in the 18th annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools State Tournament on March 25, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Thursday.
“We came back really strong last year with our first tournament after the pandemic, so we wanted to go bigger and better this year by having a larger space at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center and inviting more teams to compete,” said Chris Scraggs, AIS program coordinator.
More than 1,400 students from 96 schools participated in the state qualifier this year, but only the top 10 teams and the top 15 boys and top 15 girls from elementary, middle and high school will go on to compete at the state tournament.
“We want to thank everyone who has been a part of this program. This fantastic program for students would not be possible without all of the coaches and volunteers and the conservation and educational organizations around our great state,” said Scraggs.
The tournament will be at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center on Saturday, March 25. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Check in starts at 9 a.m. Students will compete from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will start around 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-17 and free for children younger than 6.
Students from the following schools are among those who qualified to participate in this year’s state tournament:
• Cedar Grove Community School
• Chesapeake Elementary
• East Bank Middle
• Independence Middle
• Riverside High
• Shady Spring High
• Shady Spring Middle
• Summers County High
• Summers Middle
Only schools that have completed National Archery in the Schools training and follow NASP rules are allowed to participate in the state tournament. For more information about the West Virginia Archery in the Schools Program or to attend the next training, visit WVdnr.gov/west-virginia-archery-in-the-schools-program.
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