CDS Middle School Archery wins 8th consecutive State Title!

Charter Day School (CDS) is once again home to the top middle school archers in the state, according to The National Archery in the Schools Program, (NASP), which recently released the tallied individual and team final scores for their North Carolina State Archery Tournament. The team comprised of boys and girls in grades 6-8, brought home their 8th consecutive state title with a collective score of 3193 points. Their sister school, Columbus Charter School (CCS), came in second in the state-wide tournament with a total of 2762 points.

CDS’ team provided eight of the top-ten middle school female archers in the state with 8th grader Hannah Pelton once again named NC’s top female middle school archer, taking the title for a second year with the exact score that earned her the title last year; 291 out of a possible 300 points.

Head coach Daryl Lafave reported last year that 291 is the highest score posted by any CDS archer, male or female, in his memory, so achieving that two years in a row is certainly an impressive achievement. 8th grader Keegan Nance is NC’s top male middle school archer, earning an impressive 281/300.
Peers joining them among the top-ten middle school archers in the state are:

Top-Ten NC Middle School Girls
1. Hannah Pelton – score of 291
2. Liz Boldt – score of 288
3. Lindsey Jo Clark – score of 279
4. Jamey Reece – score of 272
5. Preslee English – score of 265
6. Emma Charland – score of 262
7. (non-CDS)
8. (non-CDS)
9. Delaney Larson – score of 253
10. Isabella Diagicomo – score of 253

Top-Ten NC Middle School Boys
1. Keegan Nance – score of 281
2. (non-CDS)
3. Columbus Charter Team Member Justin Parker
4. (non-CDS)
5. Tyler Nobles – score of 255
6. Levi Lindbert – score of 253
7. (non-CDS)
8. Columbus Charter Team Member Holland James
9. (non-CDS)
10. (non-CDS)

“I am so proud of our archers! They all really brought their ‘A-Game’ at the tournament,” said Head Coach and Charter Day School Art Teacher, Daryl LaFave, “It’s great to finally see the scores confirm the performance I was seeing at the tournament.”

Runner up behind CDS this year was Columbus Charter School, CDS’s sister school in Whiteville. “I’m very proud of the school staff, volunteer coaches, and most of all our students,” said Steve Smith, who is not only headmaster at both schools, but also head coach of Columbus Charter School’s archery team, “It is a great feeling to be the headmaster of the first and second place NASP Middle School Archery Teams in North Carolina.”

“Archery is a great sport for all students. I have been an avid archer since first joining an archery club in Charlotte in 1962,” said school founder Baker Mitchell. “It is sport that can be enjoyed well after we become too old for tennis or softball, and I congratulate all of these young students on their excellent beginning to a life-long sport,” Mitchell added.

CDS is a, open enrollment and tuition-free charter school offering a K-8 classical curriculum in Leland, NC. It is currently and consistently the highest-scoring elementary and middle school in Brunswick County. Charter Day School is the first of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy founded by Baker Mitchell in 1999. For more information, please visit

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