From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section hosted its third annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament at Summersville National Guard Armory on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Approximately 30 schools and 500 students from across West Virginia participated in this year's tournament.
"Participation in West Virginia Archery in the Schools state tournaments, like the program itself, seems to be growing at a phenomenal rate," said Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources.
"The first year's tournament at Capitol High School had 280 students; the second year's tournament at Braxton County High School had 350 students. The Summersville National Guard facility allowed us to accommodate a much higher number this year."
"We at the DNR are very encouraged about the success of the Archery in the Schools Program," said Jerry Westfall, Program Coordinator. "The Program is really geared to generate participation rather than competition. However, we are aware that competition generates a lot of excitement in the program.
"Also, some students are more motivated by competition than just participation, so a tournament is very useful to the program as a whole. Keep in mind, this may be the only time in some of these student's lives they will wear school team colors and compete in front of a thousand or more spectators."
For more information on the West Virginia Archery in the Schools Program or to attend the next instructor training, scheduled April 15-16 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, go to www.wvdnr.gov/archery.
The top individuals and teams in this year's tournament are posted on the DNR's website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery/documents/TOPSCORERSFROMSTATETOURNAMENT2008_001.pdf