Grove City boy shoots for bull's-eye at the world's biggest archery shoot, National Archery in the Schools Program
Fourth-grader Garrett Richardson has aim good enough for the national level.
Garrett, from Grove City Christian Academy, placed third in the fourth-grade male division at the National Archery in the Schools Program, held in Louisville, Ky.
The event, held May 11-12, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest archery tournament with 7,804 competitors from 38 states.
Garrett scored 279 out of a possible 300 points.
He placed first in the fourth-grade male division at the Pennsylvania regional tournament earlier in the year with a score of 255.
"He shot a little better than he normally does," said Charlie Clauss, the assistant coach for Grove City Christian Academy. "He was focused, and after each round he'd come back excited about how he shot."
Clauss added that with coaching and determination, Garrett has gone from "someone who wanted to shoot five arrows as fast as he can to now focusing on shooting one at a time."
The Pennsylvania Game Commission also did well for themselves at the National Archery in the Schools Program, receiving recognition at the NASP Coordinator's Conference, which occurred before the tournament.
The agency reached the milestone of having 100 schools enrolled in the National Archery in the Schools Program.
Samantha Pedder, Pennsylvania Game Commission outreach coordinator, said the number of schools included doubled in a single year.
For that, the agency was recognized for achieving the greatest percentage increase in school enrollments over the past year, among 47 states and five Canadian provinces that offer NASP.
"NASP fosters an interest in archery for these students, and we hope that the excitement that competitions build will cause students to want to continue to shoot and expand their archery experience," Pedder said.
The next tournament is the Pennsylvania NASP Invitational July 21 in New Castle.