Good showing for S.C. archers in National Archery in the Schools Tournament

Nearly 7,000 students from 20 states recently gathered in Louisville, Ky., for the National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament on May 7-8. South Carolina took three teams to the nationals and eight individuals.

Ella Kokinda from Bishop England High School in Charleston took 13th place in the nationals out of 742 female archers. She was only eight points away from the national winner. Kokinda was also state female high school champion. Erica Thomas from The Oaks Christian School in Summerville placed 21st among the middle school females out of 812 shooters.

The South Carolina state tournament conducted on March 26 had 389 archers and 15 teams with three participating in the national tournament:

* Blaney Elementary – Elgin

* LaFrance Elementary – Pendleton

* Springfield Middle – Fort Mill

The eight individuals participating in the nationals were:

* Kaitlyn Gibson – Georgetown Middle

* Kyle Brandon – Georgetown High

* Cole Wingard and Vada Jennings from Waterloo Elementary, Waterloo

* Savannah Futrell – Burgess Elementary, Myrtle Beach

* Crystal Owens and Erica Thomas – The Oaks Christian School, Summerville

* Ella Kokinda – Bishop England High School, Charleston

The National Archery in the Schools Program is a joint venture between state departments of education and wildlife. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education, physical education and participation in the life-long sport of archery. The program’s focus is to provide international style target archery training in physical education classes grades 4-12. Find out more at: www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/archery/index.html.

June 5, 2010 | Times and Democrat, The (Orangeburg, SC)Author: SCDNR, Special to The T&D | Section: Outdoors

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