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Local schools compete in 8th annual state archery tournament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will host its Eighth Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, March 23, according to Krista Snodgrass, Program Coordinator.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Students from the following schools have qualified to participate in this year's tournament:
Beckley-Stratton Middle                     Clendenin Elementary            Ripley High
Beth Haven Christia                           Elkview Middle                       Shady Spring High
Buckhannon-Upshur Middle               Herbert Hoover High              Shady Spring Middle
Buckhannon-Upshur High                  John Marshall High                 Sherman Elementary
Buffalo Elementary                            Man Middle                             Sherrard Middle
Cabell Midland High                           Moundsville Middle                 Summers County High
Cameron Middle                                 Peterstown Middle                Summersville Elementary
Cameron High                                    Pickens School                      Winfield Middle
Chesapeake Elementary                    Ripley Middle                         WV School for the Deaf
"We at the DNR are very encouraged by the success of the AIS Program and the interest in the State Tournament," said Snodgrass. "Because of the continued growth in the tournament, this year students were required to qualify through a virtual tournament, where we had 858 participants, truly making this year's tournament the best of the best."
Tournament competition is open only to schools that have received the DNR-sponsored AIS training. For more information on the WV Archery in the Schools Program or to attend the next training, visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery.
"A lot of work has gone into the planning of this year's event, but none of this would have been possible without the financial and volunteer assistance from wildlife and educational organizations. In fact, because of the success this program has had with our youth, Toyota has become our newest corporate sponsor and will have a presence at this year's event."
Everyone is encouraged to come out and watch some of the best student archers in the state compete for top honors. Admission fee to watch the tournament is $5 for adults (18 and older) and $3 for children (6-17 years old). Children under 6 years of age get in free. 
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