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SEMO’s archery club back to flinging arrows

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Freshman Emma Lacey practicing her technique with the Archery Club for her first time at SEMO. The club has been inactive for two semesters due to COVID-19.
Photo by Nathan Gladden

“Ready, Aim, FIRE.” You can expect to hear Archery Club Vice President, Victor Oluwafemi, repeating this phrase many times through practice.

Southeast’s archery club is finally back after two semesters of inactivity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Archery Club is comprised of a small number of students who seek recreational activities focused more around personal interest and technique.

Oluwafemi, a junior studying Engineering Technology and Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems, helps make the club introduction process easy.

“My favorite thing about the club, except from the archery, is the way it brings a lot of people together,” Oluwafemi said. “Different people come just to have fun.”

The club supervisor is Professor of Recreation and Park Administration Thomas Holman.

Holman is certified with the National Archery in the Schools Program, a program focused on improving educational performance in students.

Holman said archery had always been a passion of his, so when a student asked him to supervise an archery club for SEMO, he did not hesitate to say yes.

“It’s kind of an individual sport that allows each student to just get as good as they want to get,” Holman said. “I think it gives students that outlet to participate in something other than a team sport.”

Holman said he tries to take more of a hands-off approach to allow students to take initiative in the progression of the club.

New Archery Club member Emma Lacey is a freshman studying Global Studies. Lacey said the club “is a more chill environment that allows you to enjoy time and company of other people.”

“As a student body as whole, it gives students an opportunity and outlet to go do something that doesn’t require that physical ability and team-mentality,” Holman said.

Practices are held every Tuesday evening from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The club is open to anyone who wants to learn about the sport of archery, or just have fun.

For more information about the club or to join, contact Professor Thomas Holman at tholman@semo.edu or Victor Oluwafemi at voatolagbeolabisi1s@semo.edu.

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