REEDSVILLE — Two students from Eastern Local Schools were among more than 1,600 archers from across Ohio who took part in the Ohio National Archery in the Schools program State Archery tournament March 5 in Columbus.
Eastern students Sydney Reynolds took first place in the Fifth-grade Female Division and Michael Blair took third place in the High School Male Division. Blair has taken third place at the NASP State Tournament two years in a row.
Reynolds and Blair automatically qualify to participate in the National NASP Archery Tournament in Louisville, Ky., this May.
The National Archery in the Schools program is part of an effort by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife to promote international-style target archery as part of in-school curriculum. Their goal is to improve educational performance and participation in the shooting sports among students in grades four through 12.
Funding for the Division of Wildlife NASP Grant program comes from the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Program. The USFWS is sometimes referred to as the Pittman Robertson program, for the sponsors of the act that established the restoration program in 1937. The legislation provides federal aid to states for the management and restoration of wildlife.
The archery program also receives monies from a federal excise tax on rifles, shotguns, handguns, and ammunition and archery equipment. Funds are apportioned to state fish and wildlife agencies based on the number of hunting license holders and each state’s size in relation to the other states. The USFWS reimburses Ohio at a rate of 75 percent of each dollar spent on shooting and hunter education activities. Each state receiving the funds are required to match the 75 percent with a 25 percent contribution or matching funds.
Reynolds and Blair enjoyed their experience in the state tournament and are looking forward to competing at the national level in May.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext.2551.