Detroit Public Schools’ Academy of the Americas (AOA) archery students participated in the 10th Annual State NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) Archery Tournament on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Central Michigan University. The event took place in CMU’s Student Activity Center.
Under the instruction of AOA Teacher and Archery Coach Jose Ramirez, this year marked the fourth time AOA students returned to the Michigan State NASP Championships at CMU!
“All of my physical education students from fourth grade through eighth grade participate in the archery program, Ramirez said. “Our select tournament shooters are chosen based upon their score in our school-wide event which is held at the end of each unit. Those students have the opportunity to compete in both the Detroit City Championship and the Michigan State Championship where they compete against schools from as far as the Upper Peninsula.”
Ramirez explained, this year during the citywide championship, which it is typically a two team race against Tom Barnes and his Davison Elementary-Middle School Dragons, another DPS school was added to the lineup, Mark Twain School for Scholars.
“Archery has been a great addition to my gym class as it is something that most of my students have never done before and might not get the opportunity to do if it were not for our program, Ramirez explained. “We have had success as a team placing as high as second in the state in the middle school and second place in the state last year in the elementary division.”
Ramirez touts the tremendous support the team receives from the Department of Natural Resources Director Kathy Garland, AOA Principal Nicholas Brown and co-worker Kendra Lincourt who has come on board this year as an assistant coach.
This year the competition was fierce! Overall, AOA’s elementary team placed sixth and the middle school team placed 11th in the state.
“It was an awesome experience that our students will never forget. We will prepare, we will improve and we will be back,” Ramirez said.
For more information about Academy of the Americas Archery program, contact Jose Ramirez at (313) 596-7640.
For more information about the National Archery in the Schools Program, visit www.michigan.gov