Kendall school district approves trap shooting team

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 16 November 2017 at 10:39 am

KENDALL – Members of the Kendall Board of Education have approved the formation of a trap shooting team for students in grades 7-12.

Board President Nadine Hanlon on Wednesday evening called the formation of the team, “very exciting.” High School Principal Carol D’Agostino said the new program is a “great idea.”

The team will likely be ready to begin competition in the spring of 2018, district administrators said.

Students must possess league-approved firearm safety certification (NYS Hunter Safety Course) and meet all school curricular activity and eligibility requirements to participate.  The hunter safety training may be provided at the school, the trap shooting team proposal indicates.

The team will meet at the North Star Sportsman Club on Walker Lake Ontario Road in Hilton on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Each spring and fall season will last seven weeks. There is a NYS tournament in Cicero for spring seasons, which team members must qualify for.

Students will also have the ability to shoot all year and/or during the off season if there is interest.

Students attending the Board of Education meeting indicated they felt there would be interest in the team from many students. The proposal passed unanimously.

“I’m very excited to offer this opportunity to our students and kudos to Jack Keenan for all of his work and research,” Superintendent Julie Christensen said. Keenan worked on drafting the team proposal for the board and is named as club advisor and coach.

Board member Lisa Levett noted the success of the trap shooting team at Holley Central School and said the team there has provided an opportunity for students who may not typically become involved in team sports.

Students will need to transport themselves and their firearms to and from North Star Sportsman Club. Team members will shoot each week with a member of the North Star Sportsman’s Club.

The district will set a stipend cost once participation numbers and other details are determined. The stipend will provide for coaching and instruction of students.

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