Big Red archers deliver Christmas cheer

December 21, 2013

PARKERSBURG – Members of the Parkersburg High School Archery Team spent time Friday spreading some holiday cheer at Wyngate Senior Living Community by entertaining residents with caroling and passing out gifts.

Stephanie Myers, team spokeswoman, said the visit was one of the required community service projects team members must complete to remain part of the archery team coached by Jim Parsons.

“They have to complete two community service projects to be part of the archery term,” she said. “They can do more and this is the third opportunity they had.”

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Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Members of the Parkersburg High School Big Reds Archery Team delivered Christmas gifts and sang at the Wyngate Senior Living Community Friday night. Among the members were, front row from left, Emmalee Alatorre, Katie Harper and Denis DeBerry. Back row, from left, Brandon Conners, Kyle Hendershot and Jesse Deeter.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Doris Singley, center, receives gifts from two members of the Parkersburg High School Big Reds Archery Team, Nathaniel Parsons, left, and Dalton Evans, right.

Myers said the gifts included homemade treats for the residents.

“Some of the families made hard tack candy,” she said. “And, we made some chocolates for the residents’ trays for Christmas.”

Myers said the team has done other projects in conjunction with Wyngate. At the senior living community, the team members sang seasonal songs like “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Away in a Manger.”

“We’ve been here a couple of times helping out,” she said. “They had bingo for us here. When we decided to have the community service, we adopted a nursing home and we picked Wyngate.”

Myers said there are 23 members of the team and all but two were on hand Friday. In addition to the visit they also had a canned food drive in Vienna and had archery demonstrations at the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at the Butcher Bend campground.

“We have at least five projects for them to meet the requirement,” she said.

Myers said the community service component of the team is as important as its ability with the bow and arrow.

“They can’t just sign up and say ‘I want to go to the worlds with you;’ they have to earn it,” she said. “There is more involved than being skilled.”

Myers said the team has won five state championships for archery and several members did well at a world competition.

“We had four at the worlds this past summer and three placed in the youth division,” she said. “Nathaniel Parsons placed fourth.”

Although the team uses the Parkersburg High School name and mascot, she said, four team members are students at Williamstown High School and five attend Parkersburg South High School.

“They still go together and shoot as a team,” she said. “We don’t have the division by the river.”

Myers said the team practices two days a week.

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