Scholar Athlete: Calvary Christian archer, Kipp Morris
Kipp Morris had never really pictured himself as an athlete, until a brand new program was introduced.
"I just wanted to try something different," he said.
And he did. For three years, Morris has been a member of the Calvary Christian archery team. It’s been quite the experience for the shy student athlete who’s grown a lot since he joined.
"He’s actually come out of his shell a lot over the last couple of years," said coach Shondra Odom. "I think he would even say that he never expected to be in this position."
For Morris, archery is a sport that has tested and challenged him.
"Staying still," he said in reference to the most difficult part. "Once you start shooting it’s easy to get nervous and flinch or move around. But you have to focus very very hard on staying still as you do everything the same way every time."
But the sport has also made him more vocal. Once a fairly quiet student who has learned to rely on teamwork and communication to be successful.
"Even though it doesn’t feel like you’re being a part of a team, you are being a part of a team," Morris said. "Because even though you’re doing your own individual thing to shoot, your scores are all combined and you depend on each other to do well as a team."
Morris is stellar in the classroom as well. He holds a 4.0 GPA, and is a member of the Beta Club. But the one thing he really enjoys is singing. As a member of the school choir, Morris has become stronger and more confident.
"I like singing with other people because it allows you to be strong even when you necessarily couldn’t be strong by yourself," he said. "A lot of people aren’t really comfortable singing by themselves but then when they get to sing with other people, it’s like one voice combined all together and it’s a really powerful thing."
Morris hopes to one day study computer science and Japanese.