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18 Alta Vista students qualify for 2016 Kentucky archery tournament

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Eighteen qualifying students from Alta Vista Elementary are gearing up to compete in the 2016 National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, May 12-14. We caught up with the team during their Tuesday morning practice and spoke with Alta Vista's two archery coaches. In the school's eighth year of participating in the tournament, coaches Rick Brundage and Ben Valdez have been working with the students every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday before school on practicing their archery skills, to prepare for the big tournament. *​(Pitchengine Communities)* Mason, age 8, is the youngest shooter from Alta Vista, practicing with the team during the week and then also after school with his Grandpa on his acres of land for another couple of hours. "We started practicing the third graders with us to give them an extra year of exposure and really get them ready to compete," Coach Valdez said. "We also have a few qualifying students from Carey Jr. High that join us in practice for the tournament." *​Eight-year-old Mason grins for us during their Tuesday morning practice, Apr. 26. (Pitchengine Communities)* The Expo Center in Louisville, the venue of the national tournament, is such a massive building that around 550 qualifying kids will shoot at one time, every hour on the hour, during the weekend tournament. The school will have an Auction and Archery Fun Shoot at Alta Vista Elementary School this Saturday, April 30, to raffle off items to help support these students that are heading to the tournament in a couple of weeks. *​(Pitchengine Communities)* Coach Valdez says the students will leave that Thursday after school to head to Kentucky, arrive around midnight, and then spend that Friday doing fun activities in Louisville before its time to get serious for the tournament. We wish these students the best of luck as they represent Wyoming at the national tournament! *​(Pitchengine Communities)* *Feature photo: Coaches Rick Brundage and Ben Valdez pose with their students who qualified for the national 2016 National Archery in the School Program tournament, Apr. 26. (Pitchengine Communities)* #shortgo #news