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NEYAC Athlete Signs Archery Letter of Intent


By signing her name on the proverbial dotted line Wednesday night, Cedar Bartos proved that the sport of archery is developing — and quickly — in Yankton.

The 17-year-old home-schooled archery standout has now gone from national success to a college scholarship.

Bartos, an inaugural member of Yankton’s Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program since its inception two years ago, signed Wednesday with Emmanuel College in Georgia.

“I think it definitely shows the progress of the program,” she said during a signing day ceremony at the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) complex. “I can get out there and give our facility some exposure.

“Now people can know South Dakota has archery, even if they don’t think we have anything else.”

Bartos, who is simultaneously taking junior year classes at Gayville-Volin and doing senior year coursework at home, will enroll at Emmanuel next fall.

Her performance at the Easton JOAD Outdoor Nationals in July in Ohio caught the attention of Emmanuel first-year archery coach Rodney Estrada, himself a Level 4 coach. Estrada informed Bartos of the school’s upcoming tryouts and asked if she was interested.

“I decided it’d be something worth trying,” she said.

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