HOT SPRINGS - The arrows were flying and the competition was tight as over 900 kids from around the state competed in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament on March 21. The program is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program and is a part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's education division. The tournament was held at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.
The archery program involves students beginning in the fourth grade continuing through their high school senior year. Students learn archery skills, as well as an outdoor hobby they may enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Hamburg High School took top honors in the high school division, followed closely by Arkansas Baptist and Jasper. In the junior high division, the Bearcats took top honors followed by Monticello Middle School and Jasper. In the elementary division, Greene County Tech Team Eagle Archers won the division followed by Eagle Mountain Magnet and Carlisle Elementary.
Senior high individual winner was J.C. Higginbotham of Hamburg High School. In the middle school division, Matthew Murphy of Jasper took top honors. In the elementary division, Nicholas Schafer of Carlisle Elementary was named the winner.
Archers competed for trophies, medals and scholarships. A special edition Matthews Genesis bow goes to each member of the top team in each division. The schools that took first place honors received a banner for their gym and a trophy for their trophy cases as well as individual trophies for each team member. Second and third place teams received individual trophies for each participant. Fourth and fifth place teams received medals.
For a complete list of competitors, go to: http://www.agfc.com/education-class/programs/anasp.aspx. For more information on the archery program call Curtis Gray at (870) 319-5136 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.