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Straight Shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 800 student archers from elementary, middle and high schools from around New Mexico fired arrows during the eighth annual National Archery in the Schools State Tournament last month at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

More than 20 students from AIMS@UNM combined to score 3,121 points, winning the team competition at the 2019 National Archery in the Schools State Tournament last month in Albuquerque. (Source: New Mexico Game and Fish)

“We really can’t say enough about the dedication and hard work the students, coaches and families invested in making this one of the best tournaments in the nation,” John Martsh, recruitment, retention, reactivation program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said in a statement.bright spot

“We had 830 of New Mexico’s top archers compete toe-to-toe,” he said.

National Archery in the Schools has programs in more than 100 public schools across New Mexico. Each school can receive free training and partial financial support to purchase equipment from the state Department of Game and Fish, organizers said in a news release.

Many schools work the archery program into existing physical education or after-school activities, they said.

First place among female high school competitors this year went to Caillie Waters of the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science at the University of New Mexico (AIMS@UNM) who scored 266 out of a possible 300 points.

Fellow AIMS@UNM student, Josiah Romero-Millowa, finished as the top male high school archer with a score of 276, organizers said.

In fact, in terms of team standings, AIMS@UNM easily scored the most points in the high school division with 3,121 out of a possible 3,600 points.

The James Monroe Middle School team won its division with a score of 3,110 and Clovis Christian School’s team took first place in the elementary division with a 2,669.

In the middle school division for individuals, Korvia Zuni of Tony Hillerman Middle School, scored 279 out of 300 to lead the girls while Brandon Miller of Camino Real Middle School, scored 277 as the top boys’ competitor.

In the elementary school division, Samar Mouri, of John Baker Elementary School, was the top girls’ top scorer at 249, edging out Amilia Lopez of Coronado Elementary School, also scoring 249, by shooting 10 bulls eyes during the competition. Benjamin Potters, of Clovis Christian School was the top boys’ top scorer at 266.

The top 10 boy and girl finishers qualify for the NASP Western Nationals in Salt Lake City in April.

Funding through the national Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes National Archery in the Schools Program possible, according to the release. The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 dedicates taxes from manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment to wildlife restoration programs. These include hunter education, shooting and archery programs in addition to wildlife surveys, transplants, and purchase and management of wildlife management areas, organizers said.

For more information on the state program, contact John Martsh, R3 program manager for the Department of Game and Fish at (505) 222-4719 or

For complete tournament results visit

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