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Oklahoma Archery in the Schools shoot draws over 1,600 students

From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- Archery is one of only a handful of sports that enables students of all ages, sizes and athletic abilities to compete at the same level for top honor. As a sport dominated by precision and practice rather than age and brawn, the annual Oklahoma Archery in the Schools State Shoot was anyone’s game when more than 1,600 students from 129 of Oklahoma’s 225 schools met March 31 for the state shoot.

The program was held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City March 31, and brought students together after a season of practice and competition in their respective schools as part of the Oklahoma Archery in the Schools Program, administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. This year’s state shoot saw an increase of almost 600 students over last year’s state shoot. The program continues to grow as new schools welcome the program into their classrooms.
 
Partial grants are available for schools to acquire all the equipment, including bows, arrows, targets, safety nets, curriculum and training necessary to begin an OAIS <http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/archeryinschools.htm> program in their communities at little cost.

Teachers interested in learning more about the OAIS program or in starting an OAIS program at their school should contact Justin Marschall, OAIS coordinator for the Wildlife Department, at (405) 522-4572 or by email to mailto:jmarschall@odwc.state.ok.us>  or contact Colin Berg at (918) 299-2334 or cberg02@sbcglobal.net <mailto:cburg02@sbcglobal.net> .

Coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Archery in the Schools is part of the National Archery in the Schools program. The program partners state wildlife agencies, schools and the nation’s archery industry to introduce students to the sport of archery. The Archery in the Schools curriculum is designed for 4th-12th graders and covers archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement.

The top three shooters in each category at the state shoot received medals and prizes. First place winners received a new Genesis bow, second place winners received a new set of Alpen binoculars and third place winners took home a new bow carrying case. The overall top boy and girl shooters received Morrell archery targets, and the overall top shooter received a customized Genesis bow. In addition, the top five shooters in each category and first place teams automatically qualified for the national shoot to be held in Louisville, Ky.

The top three shooters in each age category, as well as the overall top boy and girl shooters and top school teams are for Elementary Girls, Haylie Douglas, Chickasha Grand Elementary, Courtney Grigg, Chickasha Grand Elementary, and Caroline Morales, Wayland Bonds Elementary (in Oklahoma City).

Elementary Boys—Tyle Brewer, Wayland Bonds Elementary (in Oklahoma City); Clayton Mosley, Chickasha Grand Elementary; and Drake Pounds, Porum Elementary.

Middle School Girls—Cheyenne  Keith, Greenville Middle School (in Marietta); Bailey Tolliver, Zaneis Middle School; Michelle Holiman, Maryetta Middle School (in Stilwell) ;

Middle School Boys—Brydon Edmonds, Chickasha Middle School, Will Gibson, Chandler Middle School, Willie Wolfe, Maryetta Middle School (in Stilwell), High School Girls sse Bullard, Wister High School, Kayla Replogle, Coweta High School , Taylor Gee, Coweta High School.
 
High School Boys—Cole Thompson, Keys High School, Colton Woolbright, Wister High School, Cole Welch, Keys High School. Overall Boys Shootout Winner:
Brydon Edmonds, Chickasha Middle School.
 
Overall Girls Shootout winner—Haylie Douglas, Chickasha Grand Elementary.
 
Team Standings, Elementary Teams, and Locations, First place,  Chickasha Grand Elementary, Chickasha; second place,  Wayland Bonds, Oklahoma City; third place: Zaneis, Wilson.
 
Middle School Teams and  Locations—first place,  Zaneis, Wilson; second place: Maryetta, Stilwell third place: Chickasha Middle, Chickasha.

High School Teams and  Locations—first place: Coweta, Coweta; second place: Keys, Park Hill; third place: Wister, Wister.

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