By Linda Titel
Courtney Carpenter, 10, is a fourth grader in Shiocton who competed in the 17th Annual 2019 National Archery in the School’s Program’s (NASP) Eastern National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, May 9 -11.
Carpenter competed in Wisconsin Dells on March 29-30 in the (NASP) state tournament where she placed sixth. The first 10 placements are allowed to compete at Nationals.
Carpenter said her archery skills came from her hunting with a bow. She said, “Once I started hunting I started getting better at archery.”
Carpenter competed at state in her age group – fourth and fifth grade girls against 100 participants from different parts of Wisconsin in the same age group.
There were nearly 1,600 of Wisconsin’s youth archers who competed for top honors at the 2019 Wisconsin National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament at Wisconsin Dells. The competitors in grades four through 12 travel from 66 Wisconsin schools who are very serious about their archery skills.
Carpenter’s parents Tonja and John are also hunters and have helped their daughter learn the skill.
Carpenter said her inspiration is Alexis Immel, her 13 year old cousin who got her interested in the sport. Carpenter said, “I went to one of Alexis’s tournaments and saw all of the kids competing and that made me realize that I wanted to do it.”
This was Carpenter’s first year competing because the age group starts at fourth grade. He mother Tonja said, “For her first year she did wonderful and all of us are very proud of her.”
Carpenter has also had success in hunting with her dad as her mentor, she has shot a turkey with a gun, two deer with a cross-bow and a third deer with a gun. She said, “This year I got a bear tag and I’m very excited to see if I get a bear.”
Carpenter enjoys archery because it involves becoming a better hunter and she likes the competition. She received a new compound bow last year for Christmas which is set at twenty pounds.
She hopes to become a game warden in the future.
Carpenter’s grandfather Jay Nelson is also very proud of his granddaughter and he hasn’t missed a practice or tournament since she started. He is also an avid hunter, which seems to run in the family.
Carpenter has two younger sisters, Kayley 9 and Kaitlyn 6. “Kayley would like to follow in my footsteps,” said big sister Carpenter, with hunting and archery.” Although Carpenter didn’t do too well at Nationals she looks forward to competing again next year.