During the Fall of 2014 archers from Chesapeake Elementary in Kanawha County attended two different individual archery tournaments. The first event in early October was in Athens Ohio at The Plains Elementary School where 5 of the 13 archers attending won individual awards. Elijah Thompson won 4th place among 5th grade boys, Courtney Miller won 4th place among 5th grade girls, Eli Youell won 4th place and Hayden Calvert won 5th place among 4th grade boys, and Abigail Slack won 3rd place among 4th grade girls.
The second event in early November was in Logan Ohio at Logan Hocking Middle School where 4 of the 9 archers attending won individual awards. Elijah Thompson won 1st place overall Elementary Division and for 5th grade in the 3D animal competition with 259 of 300 points possible, Eli Youell won 1st place and Hayden Calvert 3rd place among 4th grade boys. Cameron Lewis won 3rd place in the regular target competition among 4th grade boys.
Next, our full 24 member archery team will attend a charity shoot at Cabell Midland High School on December 13, 2014. All 3rd – 5th grade students practice during school one or two days a week and team members practice additionally after school one day a week. The team plans on attending as many as eight additional tournaments in the upcoming months.
In 2010, Chesapeake Elementary, located in rural eastern Kanawha County, chose to begin their National Archery in the Schools Program. Chesapeake Elementary Archery has become one of the highest performing and recognized elementary programs in WV during these four years. Through NASP, school attendance is improved, student behavior is improved by reinforcing more focus and self-control, and students of all gender, size, and abilities are having success.
We have previously received donations to help support our program from Penn Virginia Resource Partners in Chesapeake and Somewhere In Time Antiques in Nitro, along with individual archer’s families. We have received equipment repair assistance from Saint Albans Gun and Archery and Bowlistic Archery. We could not make this program successful without help from others. Sponsorship donations are always welcomed and encouraged in order to help continue this successful program. Your support in any way or in any amount of money is noticeable and extremely appreciated by our school.
For more information, visit Chesapeake Elementary School's website.