We won a State Championship in Worthington last week! We had athletes competing for championships in the high school state gymnastics meet and a Thomas Worthington wrestler competing in the state wrestling meet. All had successful weekends, but each fell short of a championship. However, the Bluffsview Bears Archery Team led by Coach Ben Wilson (you may remember that Mr. Wilson was named the Gary Smith Compassionate Teacher back in August) brought home the State Championship in the Elementary division of the NASP state tournament. Worthington also had teams from Worthington Park Elementary and Granby Elementary competing.
More than 1,300 students from across Ohio competed in the seventh-annual Arnold Classic Archery Competition, which showcased the Ohio National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament. The competition was held 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday March 1, 2013 at Veterans Memorial in Columbus.
Participants in the event competed for individual and team awards in high school, middle school and elementary school divisions. The top-finishing team, as well as qualifying teams in each division will represent Ohio at the NASP National Competition in May 2013. (That’s Bluffsview!)
The National Archery in the Schools Program was co-created in Kentucky by the Departments of Education and Fish and Wildlife Resources. It was implemented in approximately 100 Kentucky middle schools in 2002. Four years later, Kentucky had the program in 450 schools with another 250 signed up to be trained. Ohio’s pilot program started in April of 2004 with 12 school districts participating. The program opened to statewide expansion January of 2005 and by January 2006 there were 95 Ohio schools participating and the number has grown ever since. There are 36 states now participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program.
In Worthington we have three schools that compete regularly as teams. They practice, compete against one another, and then move on to compete at the state level. Bluffsview will now move on to the national level. Like any sport Archery is a skill that takes practice. Our students learn the value of hard work and dedication, teamwork, etc…They also have fun. Our coaches (the physical education teachers at each school) volunteer their time to provide this extra experience for our kids.
Worthington is a school district that prides itself on educating the whole child. You probably didn’t realize that, that included archery teams. Well, it does, and they’re really good! Congratulations to the team from Bluffsview! State Champs 2013!