The first successful year of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) at Powell Valley Elementary School has come to an end. The Olympic style sport was introduced in January and has sparked exceptional support from the community.
On May 2, Powell Valley concluded their season with the first Chase Hall Archery Shoot. The shoot was named in memory of alumni and athlete Chase Hall, who attended Powell Valley from 1988-2001. Chase was an inspirational young man in the community and upheld the true meaning of a champion during his life and after.
Students in attendance were reminded of his values and how important that they are throughout their entire lives. Chase’s parents were in attendance, Rodney and Karen Hall along with Chase’s brother, Chad and his family. Karen Hall is a fourth grade teacher at Powell Valley Elementary School.
The evening was opened by introducing coaches Michele Ellison, Shannon Ellison, Megan Griffin, Sally Livesay, Dan Livesay, Vic and Shelley Graves. Local area TWRA representative Michael Cavins was also in attendance.
The team of 50 was divided by the archers accumulative practice scores and placed on teams evenly. The first place team was awarded certificates and bragging rights to the first archery shoot ever at Powell Valley. Individual trophies were presented at the end of the night to: First place, Kiara Lee, eighth grade; second place, Randy Pate, seventh grade; and third place, Keegan Kincer seventh grade.
The night was concluded with Kiara Lee being presented with a brand new NASP bow and arrows. Lee being a generous young lady gave the bow to second place friend Randy Pate so he could have his own bow.
Powell Valley instructors are proud of all the archers and feel that archery is more than just a new club to attend or sport to win. It’s an opportunity to teach courage, integrity, respect and excellence not just to be presented in archery practice, but to present it everywhere they go.