Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Education

May 13, 2013

SDES archery team advances to world championship

Greensburg — South Decatur Elementary School (SDES) celebrated a big win for their archery team, who just qualified to compete at the world championships.

The team of 24 exceeded all expectations when they qualified for advancement through regional, state, and now national levels of competition. The nationals, which took place May 9 in Louisville, Ky., featured more than 9,000 archers, while the state level had over 4,000 competitors. Teams move forward by earning a minimum score of 3,000. The SDES team scored high enough to advance to the next level with their highest score yet, 3,150.

SDES principal, Kara Holdsworth, approached sixth grade teacher and archery coach, Clint Pride, two years ago with the idea to start an archery team, but it didn’t become a reality until this year. Pride has been involved with archery for more than 30 years as an active participant in various 3D shoots, hunting, and competitions.

In addition to Mr. Pride, there are three certified trainers who assist with the practice and safety of the group. Kevin Doyle, Ben Walker, and Wendy Kopplin learned the skills necessary to aid the team in honing their talents while still keeping everyone safe.

While there are only 24 active shooters on the team, there are an additional 50 members in the archery club. Membership in the club allows students to continue working towards qualification as they improve their skills. Shooting spots are determined by qualifying shoots where the top 24 scorers are then allowed to go on to competition. Due to the overwhelming interest from students, SDES staff felt that they only had the resources to allow fifth and sixth graders to shoot while still keeping everyone safe, though fourth grade is allowed to be included in the elementary division. Both Pride and Holdsworth expect a huge turnout for next year’s team and club. Students are also learning archery in physical education classes during school hours.

The team practices at least once a week in the SDES gymnasium on an assembled shooting range. Access to the gym is closed during this time for safety reasons. The students practice shooting in conditions similar to what they would face in competition, as well as shooting at competition distances of 10 and 15 meters. In addition to practices at the school, Pride said that Tom from Cutting Edge, the Greensburg sporting good store, has been incredibly gracious in allowing students to practice there.

While the team has the equipment they need, their current concern is raising the funds for travel and expenses to take the students to the three day world championships in St. Louis June 28-30. Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact South Decatur Elementary School at 812-591-3115.

Pride said he and SDES wish to extend their thanks to the National Wild Turkey Foundation, Greensburg Chapter, Whitetails Unlimited, Quails Forever and Cutting Edge Sporting Goods.

With such a wildly successful year for the SDES archery team, Decatur County residents will likely be eager to see what students can accomplish next year. The 2013 team is going to leave an impressive legacy for all those that follow behind them.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

 

1
Text Only
Education
  • SDES “Pinocchio” is great family fun

    WESTPORT – Fifth and sixth grade students at South Decatur Elementary School (SDES) will stage a production of Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” at 7 p.m. on April 24 and 25 at the school.

    After the roles were cast, students began practicing under the tutelage of SDES music teacher Karen Meeker in September.

    April 16, 2014

  • AG-gb041114-Ag Day Fair pic 3- page 10 Ag Day planting seeds for future success

    GREENSBURG - The chill in the air didn't stop the fourth grade students of Decatur County from enjoying the 21st annual Ag Day Fair at the Decatur County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. More than 400 students, teachers and chaperones arrived at the fairgroun

    April 11, 2014 4 Photos

  • biz-gb040414-Goodspeed-Chadwick jpg Goodspeed-Chadwick named 2014 "Inspirational Woman" by IUPUI Columbus, IN--Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, associate professor of English and director of the Office of Student Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) received the Inspirational Woman Award during a recent leadership recog

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • calvin.jpg NDES seeking help for student's surprise

    March 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lunch Menus Good Shepherd Christian Academy Monday - Chicken tetrazzini, green beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk Tuesday - Cheeseburger, oven fries, tomato slices, fruit salad, milk Wednesday - Pizza, corn, romaine salad, chocolate chip cookie, milk Thursda

    February 15, 2014

  • SDES students put on Christmas concert

    WESTPORT - On Dec. 12, the first through third grade students of South Decatur Elementary School (SDES) put on their annual Christmas concert. Dressed in their best, the young boys and girls of SDES took to the risers to showcase their musical talent

    December 17, 2013

  • NDES fifth graders saving the world, one recycle bin at a time

    December 12, 2013

  • nws-gb112913-GJHS Concert pic- page 1 GHJS students enjoy the “Concert of a Lifetime”

    GREENSBURG – Students in grades six through eight at Greensburg Junior High School (GJHS) who didn’t miss any assignments during a two week period were given the opportunity to attend the “Concert of a Lifetime” on Nov. 27. Special guest performers surprised students

    November 29, 2013 1 Photo

  • Lunch Menus November 25 – November 29 Good Shepherd Christian Academy Monday - Cheese pizza, roasted apples, broccoli, milk Tuesday - Chicken and rice casserole, peas, whole grain roll with apple butter, pears, milk Wednesday - No hot lunch Thursday - Thanksgiving break Friday - Thanksgi

    November 23, 2013

  • Oldenburg Academy First Quarter Honor Roll Senior First Honors - GPA of 3.75 or above Courtney Cull, Claire Dickey, Nichole Flaspohler, Isaiah Frey, Madelyn Hunger, Joshua Kinker, Meredith Maier, Daniel Mullen, Gabrielle Mungcal, Elizabeth Siemer, Briana Tindall, Peter Weisbrod, Cora Weisenba

    November 19, 2013

Featured Ads
SmugMug Photo Galleries


Share your photos with us!

AP Video
Raw: Fire Engulfs Tower Block in China Ocean Drones Making Waves in Research World Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier Raw: Ferry Captain Received Medical Treatment Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Transcript Reveals Confusion in Ferry Evacuation Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.