Archery and the National Archery in the Schools Program provides a school based outlet for students that many other sports do not offer. It provides students who may not have the opportunity with other sports to participate in a team and individual environment. The team environment provides valuable life skills while the individual achievements provide confidence and personal pride.
Bernheim Middle School, and former Cedar Grove Elementary School, archer Sophie Huff is a shining example of a student who has blossomed thanks to NASP®. Sophie started her journey in the fourth grade at Cedar Grove Elementary School. She quickly learned what it meant to be part of a team and how to compete at the highest level.
Upon transitioning to Bernheim Middle School, she continued her archery career, improving year over year. During her 8th grade year, Sophie hit her stride and the opportunities provided by NASP® gave her an opportunity to find her voice, literally.
Besides competing, Sophie stepped up and provided her amazing talent as a public speaker by announcing a tournament when a last-minute substitute was needed. Her delivery and organization where on a level with the best. She, along with her coach/Mom, also coordinated and provided all the details for the team’s 8th Grade Night, honoring those moving on to high school. It was the teams first such night and was a rousing success.
Sophie has now moved on to high school and will continue her archery career. Despite moving up, she offered to participate in Bernheim’s open house to evangelize the archery program. She made an awesome poster board and spent time speaking with new students and parents about her own experience with archery.
NASP® has given Sophie an opportunity to find several inner strengths in addition to participating in competition. This opportunity will no doubt benefit her as she moves through her life and career. We are excited to see what the future holds for Sophie!