St. Joseph’s Crowns Archery Tournament Winners

Tensions were running high during St. Joseph’s Archery Challenge. Two female students, Kaylee and LaToya, had each shot 20 arrows and done exceedingly well. In fact, both students recorded personal best scores. But the good shooting resulted with the girls tying for First in their age category. That meant it was time for a five-arrow shoot-off to crown a champion.

The crowd watched in anticipation as each arrow whooshed from each shooter’s bow to the target. They’d both practiced so much, and it all came down to this moment.

“Practicing is one thing but when the pressure is on for every shot it can really elevate the experience,” said Evan, Rec Center associate.

And in their age category on that day, it was Kaylee who rose above that pressure and walked away as champion. LaToya finished in a very respectable second place.

This was just one of the memorable moments that took place during St. Joseph’s Archery Challenge. Overall, 26 students in grades 4-12 participated in the weekend competition.

“Unfortunately due to Covid guidelines, we were unable to travel to other archery tournaments throughout South Dakota this year,” said Evan. “Our student’s all practiced hard throughout the year and we wanted them to have an opportunity to feel real competition.”

While other schools across the country may not provide archery outside of Physical Education curriculum, or at all, St. Joseph’s prioritizes it for a number of reasons.

“Archery is an important extracurricular option at St. Joseph’s,” said Evan. “There is certainly a cultural aspect to archery for many Lakota students, but we also really enjoy the individuality archery provides. Some students are able to thrive when all of the success or failure is squarely on themselves.”

Congratulations to the following winners of St. Joseph’s Archery Challenge:

4-6 girls
1st — Domonique
2nd — Merseeaye
3rd — Aleighya

4-6 boys
1st — Tywin
2nd — Victor
3rd — Carlito

7-8 girls
1st — Kaylee
2nd — LaToya
3rd — Amelia

High School
1st — Joaquin
2nd — Landon
3rd — Amiel

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At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

2 thoughts on “St. Joseph’s Crowns Archery Tournament Winners”

  1. My congrats to Kaylee for winning her age group of 7-8 year olds. Her parents must be very proud.

    I used to shoot archery when I was in my twenties and I had a lot of fun doing it. We used to go to tournaments in the mountains in the spring and fall of the year. It sure was a lot of fun. I moved from PA to TN and they didn’t have the place’s to shoot like they did in PA. and the sport got away from me. But I will always have great memories of the times my wife and I went to those tournaments.

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