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PCA Archers Sweep State Championships

Published May 31, 2022

Pinnacle Classical Academy's archery team, the Thunderbirds, competed in the 2022 North Carolina Scholastic 3-D Archery 3D State Championship and won the state championship titles in all three divisions.

Over 130 archers competed in the event, which took place on May 21 at the Sage Creek 3D Archery Range in Mount Airy. Emma Gladden (grade 3), Ryleigh Dellinger (grade 5), Anzlee Kilby (grade 7), Aidyn Smith (grade 7), Carter Ross (grade 9), Caleb Yates (grade 9), and Heather Carswell (grade 10) all won individual state titles.

"We are so proud of the members of our archery team, which has won numerous state and national championships over the years," said Dr. Shelly Bullard, the school's headmaster. "And we are so grateful for our parent-led coaching organization that does such an excellent job working with students. Sara and Todd Tongel started the Thunderbirds almost nine years ago, and with the assistance of other parents have built a powerhouse archery dynasty here at Pinnacle."

"Significant archery scholarships are one reason why the 30 members of the class of 2021 were offered a combined $4,093,820 in four-year academic and athletic scholarship awards," Dr. Bullard added.

The Thunderbirds will compete in the 2022 Scholastic 3-D Archery 3D National Championship in Illinois in June.

"The Athletic Department is very proud of our archery team," said Brandon Gosey, Pinnacle Classical Academy's Athletic Director. "The Thunderbirds continue to set the bar higher and higher each year for all teams across the state and country. The team's determination and commitment to the sport are second to none! The Thunderbirds' success continues to put PCA Athletics on the map, and we wish them the best of luck at Nationals."

Pinnacle Classical Academy is currently accepting forms for enrollment in August. For more information, please call (704) 740-4040, or visit