INCHELIUM – Load, aim and shoot: That’s been the process for the students in the Archery Club at Inchelium Middle and High School.
Now for some, that process is taking them from Inchelium all the way to Salt Lake City.
Six students from Inchelium Middle and High School will be making their way to the big stage this month.
Colville tribal member Sammy Stensgar, a freshman, is the oldest out of the bunch; fellow tribal members and students include Kolton Banning, Gaige Stensgar, Loriel Seymour, Cody Tonasket and tribal descendant Kylee Andrews.
The six archers have qualified and earned a spot in this year’s National Archery in the Schools Program championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25-27.
A pep assembly was held on Tuesday afternoon for all the students in the Archery Club, as awards were handed out with a send off for the six students that qualified for Nationals.
This is the second straight year that Inchelium has sent archers to the National Archery Championship.
Stensgar has been shooting for five years now and she’s excited to be the oldest out of this bunch.
“It means a lot getting the opportunity to go out there.” Said Stensgar. “I’ll show my brother what’s up.”
Having qualified for this year’s nationals, Kolton Banning is very happy as well to be traveling to Salt Lake.
“It feels really good, it’s only my second year,” said Banning. “Hopefully I can go to nationals all the years that I do archery.”
Kylee Andrews who has been shooting for three years now is in the sixth grade and will make her first trip to nationals.
“It’s my first time, so I’m excited,” said Andrews.
For Gaige Stensgar, he’s been shooting for four years and is very excited to be traveling to Salt Lake City for Nationals.
“It means a lot I’m really happy,” said Stensgar. “I just like archery it’s just fun.”
Loriel Seymour a fifth grader has been shooting for two years and is excited to be going to Nationals with this group.
Cody Tonasket, a fifth grader, prefers to be out of the spotlight and would rather just focus on shooting.
“I don’t know, it’s fun,” said Tonasket with a smile.
Students in the archery club practice shooting on 3-D animals and also the bullseye target.
The Archery Club has around 50 students and are coached by