Philo Sophomore Is Top Female HS Archer In U.S.

POSTED BY: Mackenzie Stasko
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 03:17 PM
Philo Sophomore Is Top Female HS Archer In U.S.

At only 15-years-old, April Bartenschlag made The National Archery in the Schools Program's All-American Team after competing in states and nationals, and will soon be on her way to South Africa to compete in the NASP All-Star Championship.

"She is our first state champion, our first national champion and this is the first year they've taken an international team to somewhere like South Africa. So she's going to be our first representative there, so she's making history every time she picks up her bow," said Joe Stemm, Archer Director at Philo High School.

April says she first became interested in archery because her dad hunts and her sister was an archer too. Archery practice starts in the fall and runs through the summer. Not only is April an archer, but she plays soccer and has a background in dance, a combination her mother thinks makes her such a good archer.

"Every year I just got progressively better. I mean, I was not the best when I started but I just kept practicing and I got better so over the span of four years," said Bartenschlag.

April and the all-star team will leave in July and will also get the chance to teach archery to the local youth during their stay

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