BJSHS receives check for archery program

The Blackford Jr.-Sr. High School Archery program got a big boost recently thanks to the generosity of Whitetails Unlimited. 

 David Penrod and Mike King of Whitetails Unlimited visited BJSHS and presented a check in the amount of $3552 in order to purchase necessary equipment to start an archery program at Blackford County Schools.

Mike Jones, Jeremy Davis and William Wicker will attend upcoming training with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to become certified to instruct archery in schools.  Jones, a teacher at BJSHS, will coordinate the BJSHS program and lead the Archery (sport) Team.  Jones' fellow teachers Jeremy Davis and William Wicker will integrate the program into the BJSHS  physical education program.

A call-out was held this week for BJSHS students who wish to participate in the archery program. If your student would like to participate, please reach out to Jones  at 765.348.7560 or by email at

Whitetails Unlimited has pledged an on-going grant to fund the program and team with equipment and tournament fees so that our students can learn archery, have the opportunity to compete in state and national events, as well as earn academic scholarships, all at no cost to the families.

Pictured in the photo (from l-r) David Penrod, Whitetails Unlimited; Mike Jones, BJSHS teacher and Archery Team Coach; Jeremy Davis, BJSHS teacher; Kelli Ruble, BJSHS Associate Principal; Karen Mealy, BJSHS Assistant Principal; Mike King, Whitetails Unlimited; and BJSHS Principal Jason Ridge.