Lesa Johnston, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8933
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.