By Tessa Castor
The Clearwater Archery Club competed in the Midwest All-Star Tournament in Dodgeville, Wisc., on April 22. With 42 students, the club competed against archers from seven different states, bringing home placings in each of the three age groups.
The elementary team, comprised of 15 students, took second place, while the middle school team of 24 students took fourth. Within the high school division, Veronica Epps placed 18th, Jaydan Rogers placed 19th, and Heidi Schulze placed 46th out of 82 competitors.
Coach Mark Moore started the club in 2003 with only 18 students. Last fall, the season began with 130 students. Moore said the team attracts both students already involved with sports and students not in other sports, and that students are able to participate even if they are involved in other athletic programs.
“The program is an incentive for kids to come to school and participate in an activity,” said Moore. “Archery is not just physical, it’s concentration. It’s no different than golf or bowling. We want to spread the word of archery in the state.”
Moore said the program is a part of the Clearwater school district’s physical education program, and is tied to the National Archery in the Schools Program, or NASP. Clearwater’s club is one of the largest archery programs in Kansas, and its participants compete in nine tournaments over the course of the school year – two in the fall, seven in the spring.
Clearwater High School hosted 450 students earlier this year for a statewide competition.