San Diego Students Take Top Honors in State Virtual Archery Competition

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

For the second year in a row, two students from Kearny High School in San Diego won top honors in the California National Archery in the Schools Program (CalNASP) statewide virtual archery competition. Elementary, middle and high schools from throughout the state participated in this year’s tournament, which is hosted annually by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

“We would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in this year’s tournament, and we would especially like to commend the top male and female shooters from Kearny High School,” said Lesa Johnston, CDFW CalNASP coordinator. “The great thing about archery is that it teaches dedication and focus yet can be enjoyed by students of all abilities. It also encourages students to lead a more active lifestyle and get outdoors.”

Robert White, a junior at Kearny High School, came in as the top male shooter and top overall shooter in the state competition. D’Layna Hickman, a freshman at Kearny High School, is ranked the top female shooter and came in third in the High School Division of the competition. Each will receive a new Genesis Special Edition compound bow donated by the manufacturer.

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 without traveling. Students shoot in their own gymnasium and their scores are posted in a national database that not only ranks the state scores, but also allows students to see where they rank at a national level.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Wyatt Vaineharrison, from Gracious Trail Academy in San Diego, who came in as the second-place male overall shooter and rank-one in the male Middle Division; and Anthony Perez from Kearny High School, who ranked third-place male overall shooter and rank-one in the High School Division.

Kally Norvell from Gracious Trail Academy was the second-place female overall shooter and rank-one in the female Middle School Division. Rachel Landro from Excelsior Middle School in Discovery Bay located in Contra Costa County was third-place female overall shooter and rank-one in the female Middle School Division.

The CalNASP is a school-based archery program that both teachers and students enjoy and is quickly gaining popularity among public and private schools. Those interested in implementing archery into a school curriculum can contact CDFW for additional information at