CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sometimes a story just keeps going. Last week, the lead article on this page featured Ripley High School's archery team, which won the 2013 state tournament and finished fifth in the national tourney.
The story centered on the team as a whole, but also mentioned Cayla Goodson's eighth-place finish in the girls' individual competition and Levi Staats' ninth-place finish in the boys' division.
Later I discovered there's more to Staats' part of the tale.
He finished in the top 16 overall, which means he made the National Archery in the Schools Program's All-America squad. In late July, those All-Americans will travel to South Africa to compete against all-nation squads from other countries.
Gail Staats, Levi's mother, said she found out about the Africa trip just two weeks ago.
"Basically we have just a few weeks to raise the money for Levi to go," she said. "His expenses will be covered once he's there, but we're responsible for his air fare to get there."
Airline tickets to Johannesburg aren't cheap.
"Estimates range from $2,200 to $2,800," Gail said. "NASP will reimburse us for $1,000 of Levi's ticket, but only after we've purchased it."
Neither Gail nor husband Stacey wants to send their 16-year-old son halfway around the world unescorted. They're going, too. No one in the family has flown before, let alone traveled to a distant continent, and they're discovering all the hidden expenses associated with international travel.
"We've had to get passports, which cost $135 each," Gail said.