LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -More than 400 students grades 3rd through 12th showed up to display their archery skills Saturday afternoon in Lawton.
The 3rd annual On Target with Kiwana Archery Shoot took place at the Great Plains Coliseum. Students shot a total of 30 arrows in an attempt at making a perfect score worth 300 points. 11-year-old Taylor Hoover says you have to focus on the basics to beat your personal best. She says her favorite part of the competition is also the scariest part.
"Learning how to shoot and being able to concentrate with people watching. The knowing that there is a bunch of people behind you. You just want to do your best and show them how good you can be," she said.
Hoover has been competing for the last two years in archery competitions.
Her teammate 11-year-old Aaron Poage says while taking aim at the target it is calming to think about the process that it takes to shoot the arrow.
"To concentrate, hold your bow still, to focus on the target, and shooting a bullseye," he said.
Poage's high score is a 283 and he has been to the state competition. Physical education teacher Ken Gray says he has been coaching the Sullivan Village archery team for 9 years. Gray says archery teaches many of his students basic life skills that they can carry with them into the future.
"It takes dedication. It takes focus and as long as a 3rd grader, even a third grader can focus and go through the procedures of how to shoot an arrow they can beat a high school student," he said.
Gray's students have been practicing 3 days a week since October to prepare for this competition. Students who placed today will go on to compete in the state meet in Oklahoma City next month.