by Olivia Skeans
The RHS Air Force JROTC Archery Team brought home multiple awards from two archery competitions in recent weeks. The team received first place at Taneyville two individual awards––first place from freshman cadet Braeleigh Johnson and second place from sophomore cadet Mykayla Shank. Freshman cadet Morgan Stoneking placed first at Norwood.
All competitors shoot with a standard Genesis bow and the same style of arrows and targets. Shooters begin by shooting three rounds at ten yards, then move back and shoot three rounds at fifteen yards. The points from each distance are taken to form a cumulative total to determine each shooter’s final score.
Rankings are divided up into three sections: by grade level, by overall girls/boys, all competitors.
“It’s definitely a lot of excitement because I’ve shot before. I shot for four years previously before this and then I changed the whole way I shot and came and shot here,” said Shanks. “So it’s a little nerve-racking to change everything, but I’m mostly excited to be there with my friends and see how I do and support them.”
Shanks explained she shot against 52 other shooters at the Taneyville competition and ended up placing first in the High School Girls 10th Grade division, second in Girls Overall, and second in the overall competition.
Anyone interested in competing with the archery team is encouraged to get involved.
“We enjoy it and we enjoy just hanging out with each other. If anybody is interested in archery, definitely come in and talk to somebody, and if you’re interested in ROTC, we’d love to talk to you.”
The team travels to compete at the state competition on March 22 in Branson.