From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
-- Nearly 800 students - 775 to be exact - competed April 3 at the fourth annual Oklahoma Archery in the Schools (OAIS) state tournament held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. That number dwarfs the 400 in attendance at last year's tournament.
Students at the state tournament competed in archery shooting after a season of practice and competition in their respective schools.
Coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Archery in the Schools is part of a national program that 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. About 10,000 students participated in the program this school year.
The top three shooters in each category at the state tournament received medals and prizes. First place winners received a new bow, second place winners received a dozen new arrows and third place winners took home a new bow carrying case.
In addition, the top five shooters in each category qualified for the national tournament to be held May 10 in Louisville, Ky. The top three shooters in each age category include:
Over 100 schools across the state have enrolled in the Oklahoma Archery in the Schools program (OAIS), which offers competitive archery to students.
For more information on the Archery in the Schools program, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.