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Archery Champs

first_imgGeorgia 4-H’ers from Jackson County hit the mark and brought home a national title in the junior division at the 4-H Buckmaster’s Invitational held Aug. 14-17 in Montgomery, Ala.Six 4-H members participated in three tournaments during the competition. The team earned 15 place awards in the junior division and five overall place awards.Jackson County’s 4-H Archery team was formed in 2000 and has continued to grow each year. Keri Hobbs, University of Georgia Extension coordinator, became the team’s 4-H agent a little more than two years ago. Having worked with the 4-H archery team in Sumter County before relocating to Jackson County, Hobbs understands the importance of 4-H archery and what participation can do for the students.“Kids and their parents as well are looking for extracurricular activities to get involved in something positive, and 4-H is very positive. A majority of the girls (on the team), if not all of them, started shooting archery because of the opportunity through 4-H,” Hobbs said.Hobbs and the team’s six coaches view archery as much more than just a sport.“The archery team grew tremendously because of the support of our coaches. Kids learn more than shooting. The coaches are changing lives by building confidence and character,” she said.Currently, the Jackson County 4-H archery team has 51 shooters on their roster. More than half of the team is female.Growing group The team is comprised of students age 9-18 from all backgrounds which proves how important teamwork and community really are, Hobbs said. Second year archery coach Michael Reynolds personally witnesses the growth and maturity the students experience through the team. Hobbs says Reynolds’ enthusiasm and excitement for the sport and the students are the reasons the team has doubled in size. “I’ve got kids of all shapes, forms, home life and everything. 4-H builds character, forms discipline and builds social skills. Our job, as instructors, is to morally pick them up, give them encouragement in everything they do. We do what we do because we do make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Reynolds said.Jackson County was the only Georgia team that competed in the Buckmaster’s Invitational. Almost 100 individuals were registered in the junior division with targets ranging from five to 30 yards away.“This was a great experience for our junior age group and it was a big deal being in front of crowds. It was nerve wracking for them, too,” said Reynolds who advised the team to “block everything else out.”His advice worked.And the winners are..Kaycie Malcolm, a seventh grade student at East Jackson Middle School, was awarded the second high individual shooter. Eighth grade Commerce Middle School student Bethany Arnold placed third. Bree Reynolds, an eighth grade student from EJMS, won fourth. Marissa Fullard, an eighth grade student from EJMS, placed seventh, and seventh grade EJMS student Maddie Fowler claimed eighth place overall.In the FITA (World Archery Federation) competition, sixth grade West Jackson Middle School student Lillie Woodall won eighth in the individual division.Jackson County 4-H will begin its 2014-2015 archery season on Tuesday, Oct. 7.For more information about the 4-H Archery team in your county, contact your local UGA Extension Office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Scholars discuss teaching the Holocaust in different countries

first_imgUSC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith moderated the discussion between Xin Xu, director of the Glazer Insitute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, and Yehuda Bauer, professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The scholars explained their experiences teaching about the Holocaust in different corners of the globe.The two scholars spoke about how different cultures across the globe can learn from each other through the perspective of the Holocaust, as well as other genocides.“You can’t measure suffering,” Bauer said. “There is no difference between the suffering of Jews, Armenians, Chinese or Cambodians and this creates a global perspective.”Xu said the presence of the Holocaust in Chinese academia has been increasing since the late 1990s. Since then, the link between these two cultures has become more important.“There is a universality of this discussion tonight,” said Josh Grossberg, USC Shoah Foundation public communication manager. “They are very different cultures, but they can learn from each other even though they historically may not have mingled.”“It was a fortuitous circumstance that we had the opportunity to have two of the foremost Holocaust scholars to convene to discuss the challenges of teaching Holocaust education in different political, social and linguistic cultures,” said Dan Leshem, associate director of the USC Shoah Foundation.Xu was visiting USC to help the Shoah Foundation collect testimonies of the Nanjing Massacre, and Bauer stopped in Los Angeles on his way back to Israel after giving a lecture at the University of Honolulu.“We were grateful for these circumstances as this would have been very difficult to arrange from scratch,” Leshem said.Students such as Grace Braun, a freshman majoring in business administration, found that the discussion gave her a new perspective on her Jewish studies class.“It was very interesting to hear the Chinese perspective on the Holocaust from Xu and hearing how they learn about genocide in general,” Braun saidStudents enrolled in the course “The Holocaust” are using one of Brauer’s books as their textbook. Jordan Lieberman, a freshman majoring in economics, enjoyed the opportunity to gain personal insight from the author.“In the textbook, Brauer writes in a very clinical tone so it was cool to hear more of his personal opinion and how he analyzes different topics,” Lieberman said. “It really made the textbook come to life a little.”Saul Ortiz, a freshman majoring in business administration, said he was grateful for the opportunity attend the event.“I gained a lot of knowledge about the topic tonight,” Ortiz said. “I felt it benefited me not just from a history standpoint but also individually because I gained a new perspective.” Leading Holocaust scholars from China and Israel discussed their unique perspectives on the Holocaust in an event sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation on Thursday.Global scope · Xin Xu, director of the Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, explained his teaching experience on Thursday. – Juliette Pisani | Daily Trojanlast_img read more