Staley Elementary School fifth-grader Gina Recchio has qualified for the 2018 NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) National Tournament, the Rome school district announced.
Recchio placed fifth in the Elementary Girls Division at the 2018 NASP New York State Archery Tournament on March 9 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Marcy, the district said.
The national tournament will be in Louisville, Ky. on May 10-12. Individuals who placed in the top 10 in their division at the state tournament were among those who qualified for the national event, said the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which hosted the tournament at SUNY Poly.
Gina was introduced to archery in January, the district commented. Staley physical education teacher Diane Penella said the primary focus of NASP is “teaching students the basics of shooting target archery as part of the in-school curriculum.” Phys ed teachers received NASP certification by successfully completing a NASP training course.
Staley students have been receiving archery as part of their phys ed curriculum since it began 14 years ago, Penella said.
She added, “as students learn the skills/knowledge/safety associated with archery, they are encouraged to extend their training by accessing local and community resources.”
Gina’s mother, Janna Recchio, has taken on the role of coach, and will be driving to Kentucky to take her to the tournament, the district said.
To prepare, Gina is going to start at the Warrior Archery program in Oneida, said the district, noting that the program was started by the Oneida Family YMCA and Oneida Indian Nation’s Oneida Heritage Center.
The state tournament included 485 students from 25 school districts, the DEC said. The tournament is offered only to students who participated in the NASP archery program during in-school classes taught by certified NASP teachers, the DEC added.