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Rattan Archery Team competes at National level

June 5, 2013

Back (Left to Right): Ty Nelson, Kohl Robertson, Whisper Griggs, Hunter Donison, Kayley Mathis, Tyler Lewis, Emily Heady, Bret Womack, Rece Bankston. Front (Left to Right): Keaton Birchfield, Balon Campbell, Nolan Himes, Madison Watts, Cody Mack, Cal Birchfield, Triston Tuck, Tyler Boyett, and Coach Jenny Bailey.

The Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program (OKNASP) is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. There are over 369 schools that participate statewide. The curriculum must be taught during the school day by a certified archery instructor.

Regionals are held in February and broke up into 6 regions. Southeast Oklahoma is Region 5 and the Regional Shoot is held at the Expo Center in McAlester.

Rattan won the Elementary Division for Region 5 which gave them the chance to compete in the State Shoot at the fairgrounds in OKC. There were 1,230 shooters sending close to 50,000 arrows aiming at the bulls-eyes. 175 teams were represented. Our elementary team finished 9th in the state with a score that qualified them to compete at Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. The schools that beat Rattan were all OKC and Tulsa area schools with practice ranges set up year round and lots of local competitive shoots.

Rattan’s trip to Nationals was very exciting. There were over 9,000 archers there. Rattan finished 71st in the Nation and had one archer to really shine. Emily Heady, a 6th grader, finished 22nd out of all 6th grade girls in the nation. She also was 4th out of the girls represented from Oklahoma. This is an overwhelming accomplishment for small town Rattan.

Our team practices in Ram Hall, where our locals vote, we hold blood drives, plays, festivals, and even wedding receptions! Our community, parents, and school have been very supportive of this new activity. Not every child is an athlete, and this gives those that don’t run the fastest or jump the highest a chance to shine. The school held a pep rally, and we had lots of fans in the bleachers cheering us on. We couldn’t have done this without our team member’s family, friends, and local businesses. Their commitment to this team raised the funds for us to go to Kentucky.

“We really appreciate everyone who helped us make this year a success. I’m so proud of our team, and we will continue to practice and work hard to do even better in the years to come!!!” Coach Jenny Bailey

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