Student Archers in CDFW State Competition Score Big

Media Contact:
Lesa Johnston, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8933

Three student archers take aim at targets

Students compete in a National Archery in the Schools Program international tournament. NASP photo

The California National Archery in the Schools Program (CalNASP), hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, has concluded its fourth annual Virtual State Archery Tournament and the students achieved impressive archery scores.

“We would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in this year’s Virtual State Archery Tournament, especially the top boy and girl shooter of the tournament,” said Lesa Johnston, CalNASP coordinator. “These young people are taking on a sport that requires dedication and focus in order to be proficient as a competitor. On the other hand, archery is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. It is a very accessible sport.”

Kaden Dewitt, a seventh grader at Excelsior Middle School in Contra Costa County, came in as the top boy shooter and top overall shooter in the state competition with 23 shots achieving the maximum of 10 points computed into his score.

Kally Norvell, an eighth grader from Gracious Trail Academy in San Diego County, is top girl shooter with 14 shots achieving the maximum of 10 points computed into her score. She came in as fifth overall shooter in the state competition.

Both shooters will each receive a new Genesis Special Edition compound bow donated by the manufacturer to the schools. Their new bows will be presented to the winners by their coaches.

The Virtual State Archery Tournament is designed to give students the opportunity to showcase their mastery of the sport in a supportive environment where they can compete with other students statewide.

Students compete in their own gymnasium and their scores are posted in a national database. The database ranks the state scores and coaches can get national scores to report to students.

Honorable mentions go out to Matthew Guerra from James Madison High School in San Diego County, who took second place overall and rank one in the Boys’ High School Division; Wyatt Vaineharrison from Gracious Trail Academy in San Diego, who took third place overall and rank two in the Boys’, Middle School Division; Nashmi Avilez from James Madison High School, who ranked as second overall girl shooter and rank one in the Girls’ High School Division; and Cassidy Reiman from Excelsior Middle School in Contra Costa County, who ranked third place overall girl shooter and rank two in the Girls’ Middle School Division.

CDFW to offer Youth Archery Clinic in San Bernardino County June 8

Youth between the ages of 8-17 are invited to come out and try their hand at archery.  Topics covered are:  range safety, types of equipment and plenty of shooting time at bulls-eye targets.

The event will take place Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mojave Archers Range, 10500 Eaby Road in Phelan, CA.

CDFW will co-sponsor the clinic with the California Bowmen Hunters and the State Archery Association. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Online registration is available on the CDFW website at www.dfg.ca.gov/yo. For additional information, please call the program coordinator at (916) 322-8933.

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San Diego Students Take Top Honors in DFG State Archery Competition

Media Contact:
Lesa Johnston, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8933

Two San Diego students are the top shots in the California National Archery in the Schools Program (CalNASP) second annual Virtual State Archery Tournament. Billy Decanay and Michelle Lizarraga, both seniors at Kearny High School, had the highest scores in the statewide tournament. Both students, along with the first through fifth ranking individuals in each division (elementary, middle and high school) can move onto the national competition.

“We are very proud of all the students who participated in the Virtual State Archery Tournament and we would especially like to commend the two top shooters from Kearny High School,” said California NASP Program Manager Lesa Johnston. “It’s great to see young people interested in a sport that requires dedication and focus to be proficient. Archery is a lifelong sport and can easily translate into other outdoor pursuits.”

The Virtual State Archery Tournament is designed to give students the opportunity to challenge their mastery of the sport in a supportive environment in which they can compete with other students statewide. Students compete in their own gymnasiums and their scores are posted in a national database where the state and individual scores and rankings are available. Decanay was the top male shooter and top overall shooter in the state competition, and Lizarraga was the top female shooter of the competition.

Both archers will each receive a new Genesis Special Edition compound bow donated by the manufacturer at a special school ceremony in May.

CalNASP is an affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program and is hosted by the California Department of Fish and Game. Funding for CalNASP is provided by the Federal Aid and Wildlife Restoration Act. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/nasp.

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