Vandalia students Lili Kuda, Tessia Kuda, and Makalyn Phillips were among Perry Christian Academy students participating on an archery team.
The Kudas are the granddaughters of Phillip and Pam Kuda. Phillips is the daughter of David and Sherry Phillips, all of Vandalia. The girls were 5th graders this past school year.
Students at Perry Christian Academy have a unique opportunity at their school. Beginning in the 4th grade, students participate in a twice-a-week archery class.
The school follows NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) rules teaching safety, technique, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self-improvement. Following whistle commands, students use Genesis bows to shoot at targets from 10 and 15 meters.
Coach Jim Anderson, a Basic Archery Instructor in NASP, has been teaching archery at PCA for all eight years the program has been offered at PCA. Each spring the team competes at the State level. The Missouri State Tournament this year drew over 1,600 students from 74 schools. Over the years, PCA has had several teams and individuals shoot qualifying scores to advance to the National Tournament in Louisville, Kent. The Elementary Team and two individuals just returned from the National Tournament where they competed with 10,000 students from 37 states.
For the first time in PCA archery history, 19 students will the competing at the World Archery Tournament to be held in June at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.