SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield middle school students grabbed their bows and arrows today for a first of its kind sports tournament.
In a district-wide effort to expand such activities for middle school students, archery is now part of the extra-curricular experience.
Photojournalist Eric Voss gives us a look at today’s tournament.
“We are hosting a middle school, high school tournament for Springfield Public School students,” said Theresa Miller, the coordinator of health and physical education with Springfield Public Schools. “We started archery about 7 or 8 years ago in our physical education classes. In over the last few years, we are now becoming an emerging sport.”
“I hit a bullseye twice,” said Annika Giles from WOLF School. “I got 9’s but I think I can improve.”
“The research shows the more active kids are typically the better the test scores are and they’re more disciplined and focused in the classroom,” Miller said.
“You wanna get the bullseye and for work, it helps focus more so you can get 100 percent correct on your grades,” said Payton Goings from WOLF School.
“Today is a practice tournament to teach our students to score where is the 10-meter line, 15-meter line and where is the scoring line, the waiting line,” Miller said. “So when they get to the state qualifier they won’t make simple mistakes that would get them disqualified. They’re excited and have been writing us notes thanking us for starting archery and being able to participate.”
“I like to shoot and I think its fun because you have friends with you and they can cheer you on and stuff,” Giles said.
“Try it out and I hope you have fun,” Goings said.