More than 200 Indianapolis Public Schools students participated in a state-qualifying archery tournament at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities. IPS and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources brought the National Archery in the Schools Program to 37 schools throughout our district. The two-week archery program culminates in the districtwide tournament, where students have the opportunity to qualify for state-level competition.

IPS Physical Education teachers say the archery initiative is very popular with the students. “My students really enjoy it, and it allows all students to realize and experience personal success,” said Terriann Vanes of Center for Inquiry School 2.

“I love the archery unit because every student is on an equal playing field,” said SUPER School 19 Physical Education teacher Julie Herdman. “Archery teaches self-discipline, self-confidence and respect.”

At Saturday’s competition, the top elementary school competitors were Bryce B. of Nicholson Performing Arts Academy and Deivit S. of Meredith Nicholson School 96. Middle school champions were Socorro O. of Meredith Nicholson and Matthew F. of CFI 2. Top scorers at the high school level were Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School’s Samantha K. and Nathan L. Top team scores at each level were earned by SUPER School 19, CFI 2, and Broad Ripple.

IPS currently has 44 teachers trained in our archery program. This spring, even more Physical Education teachers will receive training so more students will have the opportunity to participate in this exciting competition next year!