Multicolored arrows standing up in a long, thin tube (arrow holder).

Two WDMCS Archers Qualify for International Competition

Tiger Archery Club logomark. Text: Valley Archery." Valley High School sophomore Kyle Westhoff and fifth-grade Jordan Creek Elementary student Jack Rogers qualified for the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) 2017 World Tournament. Both qualified with scores from the National Tournament, which took place May 11-13. Westhoff finished 26th in the nation in the Individual High School Division with a score of 293. Rogers finished in seventh place in the Individual Elementary Division with a score of 287.

West Des Moines Community Schools teams from Valley and Stilwell Junior High also scored well at the National Tournament. The Valley team finished in the top 11 percent, earning 26th place out of 248 teams and qualifying for Tier Two at the World Tournament. It was also the highest-scoring Iowa team in the high school division, with a season-high score of 3,384.

Stilwell’s bullseye team finished 34th in the country out of 242 teams and was the highest scoring middle school team from Iowa. Stilwell also placed 22nd out of 89 teams in the 3D competition.

Tiger Archery Club was formed in 2009 by Jordan Creek Elementary physical education teacher Lu Suarez. Stilwell Junior High physical education teacher Cheryl McConnell joined as club co-director in 2010. In just eight years, the club has grown to include more than 300 students in elementary, middle and high school. There are five instructors, all West Des Moines Community Schools teachers certified as Basic Archery Instructors by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). Each school’s team meets multiple times per week and teaches Olympic-style indoor archery. Team members learn archery skills as well as discipline, focus and perseverance. The teams compete at local, regional and national tournaments throughout the year. This is the second year Valley High School and Stilwell Junior High have competed at the National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

Watch WHO’s Tiger Archery Club story featuring Westhoff, Rogers, and Suarez.

See archery photos on the district Flickr account.