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West students take aim at world archery tournament
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Two students from West Elementary are taking aim at competing in a world archery tournament in Orlando, Fla.
West fifth-graders Spoony Sizemore and Emily Turner are both registered for the competition after strong showings at national competition in Louisville, Ky., in May.
Competing last year as fourth-graders, Sizemore finished No. 1 in Tennessee, while Turner was close behind at No. 3, according to West Elementary gym teacher Kathie Hodge.
Next up is the National Archery in Schools world tournament Oct. 6-8. It will be held at Walt Disney World in the ESPN Wild World of Sports studio.
“We just started practicing again yesterday and I was quite impressed,” said Hodge. “This is something not a lot of children get to do in their lifetime. It’s an awesome experience to get to travel and do something they both enjoy.”
Both students began their careers in archery last year through the program at West. Archery is currently offered in only three Warren County schools, with Bobby Ray and Warren County Middle School the other two. Hodge says she expects Warren County High School to be the next to adopt an archery program.
Archery competitors are scheduled to begin arriving in Orlando on Oct. 6 where they can shoot a practice round and participate in opening ceremonies. Competition will begin Oct. 7 and conclude Oct. 8 with an awards ceremony.
Hodge says she is eager to spread the word about the upcoming trip in hopes of getting sponsors on board to help pay expenses for the students. Hodge says she is not sure if the families will opt to fly or drive, but she has checked on airfare and it will run around $500 per person round trip. Hotel and other expenses are also involved.
If you would like to find out more information about a sponsorship, contact Hodge at West Elementary at 473-3801.