A Forest Hills Elementary School sixth-grader is headed to Louisville, Ky., to take part in a national archery competition.
He is Tony Zangaglia, 12, son of Eric and Stacey Zangaglia of Summerhill.
Tony qualified for the event by placing fifth overall in the elementary division of the Pennsylvania state tournament in March in State College.
The event is part of the National Archery in the School Program that will run from Thursday through Saturday.
Tony is scheduled to compete on Saturday.
“Only the top six individuals in middle school, high school and elementary school qualified for nationals from each state,” said Denon Carpenter, a Forest Hills elementary instructor who heads the elementary school program.
“There also is a team competition for the top three teams from each state. Tony is traveling as an individual since our team did not qualify (having finishing seventh).”
NASP is a nationwide program that teaches basics through barebow archery (no sights or shooting aids on the bows) in physical education classes and local organizations and clubs.
Forest Hills elementary and high school both offer the program within their physical education curriculums, Carpenter said, adding that both buildings received grants from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other partners, which provided for the bows, arrows, targets, indoor archery curtains and training/certification for all of the instructors.
“All students in the program use standardized equipment: Genesis compound bows and the same arrows, which, along with the prohibition of shooting aids (releases and sights), encourages a level playing field,” Carpenter said.
“We don't have an archery team per se, but we did the instruction in physical education classes and then offered additional shooting opportunities to any interested students through our intramural program.
“We had an in-house tournament and took the best 28 shooters to the state competition.”
This was the first full instructional year in which the elementary school offered the program.
The grant was received and the equipment purchased in April 2012.
Additional information on the National Archery in the School Program is available online at www.nasparchery.com.
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