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Schroon Lake archers on target

Students qualify for national tournament

Schroon Lake students Shannon Garland, Sam Foote, Dawson DeZalia, Derek DeZalia and Megan Hall have distinguished themselves as archers. Competing in the National Archery in Schools Program, Garland and Hall, both juniors, each qualified for the national championship tournament in Louisville, Ky. From left are Garland, Foote, Dawson DeZalia, teacher Mike Sharp, Derek DeZalia and Hall.

Schroon Lake students Shannon Garland, Sam Foote, Dawson DeZalia, Derek DeZalia and Megan Hall have distinguished themselves as archers. Competing in the National Archery in Schools Program, Garland and Hall, both juniors, each qualified for the national championship tournament in Louisville, Ky. From left are Garland, Foote, Dawson DeZalia, teacher Mike Sharp, Derek DeZalia and Hall.

— “We’re seeing more interest in archery,” Sharp commented. “We just started an after-school program and I’m seeing some new faces. That’s cool. I think the success of Megan, Shannon, Sam, Derek and Dawson has helped generate some interest in school.”

Archery is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. Since December 2011, individual membership in USA Archery has jumped 25 percent, while the number of clubs has nearly doubled, to 540 from 279. Struggling to keep pace with the demand for instructors, the organization recently moved part of its certification course online to speed the process.

Much of that interest is traced to the youth book series and movie “The Hunger Games.” In “The Hunger Games” main character Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year-old bow-wielding heroine, is such a good shot that she hits squirrels in the eye.

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