New Castle News

March 2, 2014

Grade-schoolers to compete in archery

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Students from three local elementary schools will compete in a student archery tournament hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

More than 1,100 competitors have registered for the 2014 National Archery in the Schools Program tournament on March 14 in State College.

Lawrence County students registered are from the Laurel School District, New Castle Christian Academy and St. Vitus School.

Samantha Pedder, who is the game commission’s hunting outreach coordinator, heads planning for the tournament.

“This tournament is a highlight for many of these students, and as an agency we are planning an event that we hope lives up to the high expectations of these young and eager archers,” Pedder said.

The tournament will take place inside the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility and will involve 115 lanes, each with two archers, operating at once. About 9,200 arrows will fly each hour, and nearly 46,000 arrows will be fired on one day.

The game commission began coordinating the program in 2010 and has expanded it to 155 schools.

National Archery in the Schools Program helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum standards set by the state department of education, and at the same time introduces students to the world of competitive archery.

Tournaments are conducted at the state, national and international levels. Those competing March 14 could qualify for the national tournament May 9 and 10 in Louisville, Ky.

Last year, Pennsylvania sent 147 competitors from 14 schools to the national competition in Louisville.

Any schools wanting to start the program should contact Pedder at the game commission headquarters by calling (717) 787-4250, extension 3327.

More information is available on the program’s Facebook site at PennNASP.