Straight shooters in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Archery Club finished a successful year and earned honors through the National Archery in the Schools Program.
Club members Erica Gardner-Tonnesson, Tyler McNitt, Jarid Paninski, Ellen Parker, and Eric Smith earned standings in the sixth annual New York State NASP Tournament.
Students across the state participated in this tournament, firing arrows at specific distances and scored using National Field Archery Standards. Paninski finished first place in this tournament in the male division, earning 286 points out of a maximum of 300. Smith followed with a second place finish and McNitt with a 10th place finish. In the female division, Parker captured third place honors while Gardner-Tonnesson finished in 10th.
Paninski, Smith and Parker’s outstanding performance at the state tournament earned them an invitation to participate in the National NASP Tournament that took place in Louisville, Kentucky on May 8, 9, 10.
The male division featured more than 5,700 shooters while the female division featured more than 4,700 shooters. Paninski finished the tournament with a score of 269, Smith with a score of 240, and Parker with a score of 239.
In addition to honors through the NASP, one member of the APW Archery Club was honored by the New York Bowhunters’ Association.
Paninski was invited to join the organization for their annual banquet in Canandaigua, New York.
The APW Archery Club is open to students in grades seven through twelve, giving them an opportunity to learn a recreational outdoor activity that promotes lifelong health and wellness.
Participation in archery requires form and precision as well as relaxation and strength. “Archery is one of those sports that can be enjoyed by anyone, at any age,” APW Senior High School technology teacher and Archery Club adviser George Parker said.
Students at APW are exposed to archery during their participation in physical education classes. A unit on the sport introduces students to the proper technique and important safety practices.