March 9, 2012
Skyler Cornelius, 11, shows off her archer’s form to instructors Dean Pederson and Margaret Bullard. It is a form that helped the youngster win a gold medal in a recent state championship.
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Move over Robin Hood, an 11-year-old Pine-Strawberry School sixth-grader is poised to steal some of your archery thunder. She’s Skyler Cornelius, a fledgling competitor who finished first at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Arizona State Championships held March 3 at Ben Avery Shooting Range near Phoenix. With the win, she qualifies for the upcoming national tournament to be held May 11-12 in Louisville, Ky. Cornelius says she’s unsure if she will be able to participate due to the traveling distance involved. In the state championship tournament, Cornelius was competing for the second successive year, having finished fourth at the 2011 finals.