Students Take Aim At Outdoor Show

by Katie Jeffries on September 21, 2009

Local students hit the bulls eye the the Muskingum Valley Outdoor Show.

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) held a friendly competition for students to show their skills. The tournament is in its 3rd year and coaches say archery teaches these kids more than just how to shoot.

“Archery has a lot of great rewards, discipline, focus, skills they can use in their adult lives and tools that they learn that they can apply to other things, especially in the classroom,” says Maysville Archery coach, Chris Skinner.

Archery is even helping to send these students to college.

“It was so amazing the first year winning state and it got me a two year scholarship to Hocking Tech,” tells state champion, Kelsey Taylor.

Kelsey is a Junior at Morgan High School and already a state champion in archery. She says she got hooked after sitting through a school assembly on the archery program. Now she can’t imagine her life without it.

“It is an extracurricular activity, it gives you something to do afterwards…you make so many new friends, I have so many new friends from different counties that I would not have met otherwise,” says Kelsey.

Kelsey’s coach says seven of the Morgan High School archers at the tournament will be competing in the world invitational in Orlando, Florida and Kelsey wants to someday be on the US Olympic Team.

Many of the young archers said they love competing at the outdoor show and cannot wait for next year.

Katie Jeffries