At a meeting, held this week, students were told that safety is the utmost importance aspect of belonging to the Vilonia High School Archery Club.
John Steward, football and track coach, along with Jonathan Thorn, the district carpenter, will teach the sport this year. This is the first year for Thorn. Introducing himself, Thorn said, he has been involved in archery since he was about eight years old. He has won several state championships, he said.
“I have never been a coach but I’m going to try my hardest for you kids,” he said.
At the first meeting, about 40 signed up to participate. Students and parents were told that students do not have to purchase anything to participate. Bows, arrows and other equipment is available. “We have 14 bows. We have some left handed bows,” Steward said. “We have arrows.”
As far as dues, Steward said there are provisions for students who can’t afford the fee but really want to participate. Many of the competitions, the coaches said, will be held on Saturdays and will be regimented, he added.
About 40 students have signed up to as members. In shooting tournaments, there are limits on the number of participants, Steward explained. The first three practice dates are set for 5 p.m., Oct. 18, 20 and 25. Steward said they will try to work around other schedules such as band, work and sports.
“If you realize you can’t make every one of the practices, let us know,” Steward said. He also said that students can continue to sign up.