More than 600 students from 32 schools across New York will compete in the tournament.

The 11th annual National Archery in the Schools Program tournament will take place at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Friday, March 15. The program encourages youth to participate in outdoor activities and specifically the sport of archery.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said:

The National Archery in Schools Program is a great way to introduce young people to archery and a life-long outdoor activity that will strengthen their connection to nature. Archery teaches concentration and patience, and success in the sport breeds confidence and focus that can be applied to any discipline

The event will host 47 teams of students in one of three divisions: High School, grades 9-12; Middle School, grades 6-8; and Elementary School, grades 4-5. Awards will be given for first through 10th place.

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Individuals who place in the Top 10 in their division, and teams that place first in each of the three divisions, qualify to compete and represent New York State at the NASP tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky, in May.

For more information for how schools can become involved, visit the DEC website.

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