Students from the Sonoma Elementary and the Camino Real Middle School will head to Salt Lake City in April to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program tournament.

Four students from the Camino Real Archery Team qualified for the NASP tournament, placing second in the Middle School Division. One elementary student from the Sonoma Arrow Express Archery Team qualified for the NASP tournament placing seventh overall in the Elementary Division.

The Camino Real Archery Team: Coaches Tanna Miller and Sharla Estep pose with team members Adelyn Weber, Kaleb Carrillo, Adam Springler, Andrew Ranny, Sebastian Alvarez, Evan Taylor, Jessica Corral, Aaron Lara, Madilynn Merigo, Evan Ball, Johnathan Lueneberger, Israel Silva, Connor Flowers, Jacob Estep, Jarhec Arreola, Ethan Pack, Alana O’Brien, Madi Luenenberger, Nathaniel Loya, Gabriel Ball, Nathaniel Ball, Sean Miller, Jadyn Rowlett, Stephen Tarrango, Jonah Uganda, Brandon Miller, LeslieAnn Apodaca, Caitlin O’Brien, Karley Moore, Savannah Monroe, Avery Haynes, Andres Atencio-Villegas, and Grant Johnson.

P.E. teacher Tanna Miller has been coaching archery for the past three years at Camino Real Middle School and five years at Sonoma Elementary. Miller, along with assistant coaches Justin Miller, Paul Estep and Sharla Estep, first started the program by coaching fourth grade students who took quickly to the sport, becoming experienced archers in a matter of weeks.

“I truly appreciate the dedication and hard work put into this program by all of my students and their parents,” said Tanna Miller. “They commit to weekly practices and traveling to Albuquerque. I am also very proud of the progress our Camino Real Team has made since they first started out as fourth graders. Their scores increase every year.”

Sonoma Arrow Express Archery Team: Coaches Tanna Miller and Paul Estep pose with team members Brooklyn Hicks, Rosalyn Flowers, Austin Pack, Cameron Wismer, Lilliana Barraza, James Roegge, Ella Shoup, Sydney Treon, Archer Scott, Cohen Flowers, Lucy White, Taylor Juarros, Gia Jimenez, Alonzo Ruiz, Heber Bird, Adrian Olguin, Beau Bagwell, Jocelyn Bernal, Ethan Quezada and Jaeton Monroe.

The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades 4-12. Through the program, students are taught focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life.

“Extracurricular activities like this teach students valuable life skills that they may not learn in the classroom,” said Greg Ewing, superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools. “It’s always great to see our students excel, and we wish these students luck at the national competition.”

Representatives from the Camino Real Middle School Archery Team pose with the state runner-up trophy for the NASP NM Tournament, which took place in Albuquerque on Feb. 9, 2019. (L to R) Coach Tanna Miller, Brandon Miller (Overall High-Scoring Boy), Karly Moore, Jacob Estep (Third-Place Middle School Boy) and Coach Sharla Estep.

The national tournament will take place April 26-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students from Las Cruces Public Schools who qualified for the National NASP tournament include:

From the Camino Real Archery Team:

  • Brandon Miller — First place High Individual in the overall boys’ division, first place in the middle school division, and first place in the eighth-grade division with a score of 277 out of 300.
  • Jacob Estep — Sixth place overall boy, third place in the middle school boys’ division, and second place in the eighth-grade boys’ division with a score of 270 out of 300.
  • Aaron Lara — Tenth place overall boy, sixth place in the middle school boys’ division and fifth place in the eighth-grade boys’ division with a score of 267 out of 300.

Jarhec Arreola — 12th overall girl, fourth place in the middle school girls’ division and fourth place in the eighth-grade girls’ division with a score of 255 out of 300.

From the Sonoma Arrow Express Archery Team:

  • Jaeton Monroe — Seventh place overall in the Elementary division and fifth place overall in the fifth-grade division with a score of 244 out of 300.

466 boys and 364 girls from around the state participated in this tournament.

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net