Lexis Drukenbrod is on target for an appearance at nationals.
The Tidioute Community Charter School junior will represent her school and county at the National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament this month.
She earned an invitation after scoring a 259 out of 300 including five bulls-eyes at the Pennsylvania State Championship in March. She was the top scorer from TCCS and finished in 21st place.
Drukenbrod is a member of the TCCS NASP, which is in its second year.
“I’ve been shooting archery since I was around 9 or 10 years old with my dad,” she said. “I’ve been in NASP for the past two years.”
“I’ve always enjoyed archery,” Drukenbrod said. “It’s something I hope to do for the rest of my life.”
The national competition will be held Thursday through Saturday in Louisville, Ken.
We are very proud of Lexis and all of our archers,Coach Michael Patterson said. “We’ve had other team members continue to practice with Lexis to help motivate her at nationals, and I have no doubt that Lexis will shoot well in Kentucky. ”
She isn’t taking any shortcuts.
“I practiced before school from 7:15 to 8 am in the school gymnasium and after school from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in a building we had donated for NASP,” Drukenbrod said. “I’ve also been shooting more at my house to get ready for the national tournament.”
“She’s practiced so much that she has blown the center out of her shooting target,” Patterson said.
The young program is growing and the students are improving, according to Patterson and fellow Coach Chad Buerk
“This year the team was donated a building by the Lindemuth family to practice in, and many of the shooters have been practicing since September,” Patterson said. “The team sent nine shooters to the state tournament at Penn State in March.”
“It was a great season,” Buerk said. “Some of the archers have doubled their scores since last year, and they really put in the time. Not only that, we had a lot of fun. Although I think Patterson got tired of adding up all the scores, which he had to do because I’m so bad at math. ”
“NASP is an activity that doesn’t discriminate based on popularity, athletic skill, gender, size, or academic ability,” according to naspschools.org. “It’s a different kind of team sport. It’s open to any student. ”
“Its biggest supporters are professional educators,” according to NASP. “Teams come together around one thing: archery. The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades four through 12. And through it, students are learning focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life. ”
Drukenbrod did not feel the pressure at the state event.
“I didn’t feel nervous,” she said. “Our team had gone through several state qualifying shoots in preparation for states, which really helped me feel more confident.”
She is more apprehensive about the national event, but she is ready.
“I’m nervous, but I have a routine when I shoot, and I think that will help me when the pressure is on,” she said. “I’m also excited to go to Kentucky to compete against the best archers in the nation.”