RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – 30 years ago, at age 22, Donnivan Schaeffer’s life was cut short when he was murdered in Rapid City.

Schaeffer was a talented archer and to commemorate his life the Donnivan Schaeffer Memorial Trophy was created. It is awarded to a male and a female in the Archer Association State Indoor Shoot in South Dakota.

“I like to improve my shooting and do better than my last score,” said Simyn Poirer, the male recipient of the award.

Poirer first learned the bow and arrow at a young age.

“My brothers were shooting archery, so I shot,” Poirer explained.

“When he was 4, we came home from the shooting range and he said, ‘I want to shoot’. So he started in our basement when he was 4 and when he grew a bit he’s walked into the range,” explained his mother, Caryn Poirer.

Poirer’s first year of competition has been put on hold due to Covid-19.

The following year he took the lineup where he began to rack up an impressive list of wins.

“He shot the state, he won that one too. Then he won the Midwest Sectionals, which is like a 5-state tournament. He won this 2 years in a row,” his mother said.

It was another 1st place finish, this one in the Cub Male Bow Hunter Freestyle division, which earned him the Donnivan Schaeffer Memorial Trophy.

An award created to honor the life of Donnivan Schaeffe who, in life, was an avid archer.

“So since he was an avid shooter at a young age and Simyn has the same interest at a young age and the same passion for it. It’s just an honor, yeah it’s an honor,” his mother said.

Dusty Snyder, Poirer’s coach, is thrilled to see the 10-year-old grow up in a sport he loves.

“Being able to see what you taught them and then take it to the next level. It’s very interesting. They are the next generation that is going to keep this sport going,” Snyder said.

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