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Kayla Denke shoots her way into archery

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Kayla Denke shoots her way into archery

Kayla Denke poses for a picture before a competition.

Kayla Denke poses for a picture before a competition.

Kayla Denke poses for a picture before a competition.

Kayla Denke poses for a picture before a competition.

When students think of activities, the typical ones like football, soccer, volleyball, and rifle come to mind. However, some students have found their niche in activities that aren’t offered at Trinity.

Freshman Kayla Denke’s interest in archery began when her dad was out sighting for hunting season. She wanted to see what it was all about and became awestruck by archery.

Denke has competed in competitions for six years now, shooting a Hoyt Pro Comp Elite, which is a compound bow. She tries to practice about five times a week so her muscles remain strong.

These archery competitions can be held practically anywhere. Denke once traveled to North Carolina for Outdoor Nationals.

“I just moved from Nazareth, PA, and when I lived there I was on the Lancaster Team, so most of my tournaments this season so far have been in Lancaster,” said Denke.

Her motivation before shooting is to listen to her playlist that makes her feel good about her shooting. She is also supported by her parents throughout tournaments.

“If I have a bad arrow, they help me and tell me that there’s always the next arrow,” Denke stated.

Denke believes that archery has taught her that sometimes bad things happen, and the best thing to do is look past it. No matter how hard someone tries, nothing they do can change what already happened.

She feels that archery is an activity that anyone can be a part of. However, participants have to be over the age of eight or be able to pull more than twenty pounds, but less than sixty pounds.

“I highly recommend this activity to people who feel like they have nothing to do. When I’m bored, I go downstairs and shoot almost 60 arrows. It can be expensive, but if you’re serious about it, you could have a future with it like any other sport,” responded Denke.

Some students find passion in sports, art or music. Kayla Denke has found hers in competing in archery.

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