KINGMAN - Three area youths - Josh Schanaman, Alex Schneider and Clarissa Franklin - recently qualified to participate in the largest archery event ever held in the United States.
The event, which is being held in Louisville, Ky., is part of the National Archery Scholastic Program. More than 10,000 archers from all over the nation will compete.
The weeklong event will showcase the talents of archers from all over the U.S. as they compete to qualify for the world event, which will be held this summer in Florida.
The three Kingman-area youths qualified for the national competition by finishing in the top 10 in their respective divisions in April at the Arizona state archery competition at the Ben Avery Shooting complex in Phoenix.
Competitors had to contend with 35 mph winds.
Schanaman earned a third-place finish in his division with a score of 272/300.
Schneider finished fifth with a 270/300, while Franklin placed eighth in her division with a score of 259/300.
These athletes are part of a shooting program at Kingman High School that involves archery, the safe use of archery equipment and strict academic standards.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department endorses this program. It's called the KHS Sharpshooters, and it's open to students from elementary through high school.
This is the second year that a team from KHS has participated at the national level. Schanaman and Schneider both are returning athletes in the event.
Their goal is to qualify for the world championships, where they will have the opportunity to win college scholarships.
Funding for the local program comes through grants, donations and fundraisers held by the athletes, as well as tax credit donations to the KHS Sharpshooters Club.
Besides archery, these young athletes are also instructed in shooting sports such as handgun and shotgun shooting.
Kerry Schanaman is the coach for this group and he is looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, contact Tanja Washburn at Arizona Game and Fish at (602) 689-3832.
Area businesses and individuals who would like to help out the Sharpshooters club or need more information can call Schanaman at (928) 692-6409.