Staley 5th grader Qualifies for the 2018 NASP National Tournament

Staley 5th Grader Qualifies for NASP National Tournament
Posted on 03/16/2018

Congratulations to Staley 5th grader, Gina Recchio, who qualified for the 2018 NASP National Tournament!

“NASP stands for National Archery in Schools Program. The primary focus of National Archery in the Schools Program is teaching students the basics of shooting target archery as part of the in-school curriculum. In the Rome City School District NASP is introduced in 5th grade. Physical Education teachers received NASP certification by successfully completing a NASP Training Course. Staley students have been receiving archery as part of their physical education curriculum since it began 14 years ago. As students learn the skills/knowledge/safety associated with archery, they are encouraged to extend their training by accessing local and community resources.” -Diane Penella

Mrs. Penella and Mrs. D’Angelo, the Physical Education teachers at Staley, were beaming with excitement for Gina. After only a moment of discussing the program, it was clear they are both very passionate about their student’s learning and success.

Gina placed 5th in the Elementary Girl's Division at the 2018 NASP NY State Archery Tournament which was held on March 9th at SUNY Polytechnic. The NASP National Tournament will take place in Louisville, Kentucky in May.

One would think after learning Gina qualified for the National Tournament, she has been practicing for years. Surprisingly, Gina was just introduced to archery in January.

Janna Recchio, Gina’s mother, has taken on the role of coach. She will be driving to Kentucky to take Gina to the Tournament. To prepare, Gina is going to start Warrior Archery in Oneida. The program was started by the Oneida Family YMCA and Oneida Indian Nation’s Oneida Heritage Center.

Good luck, Gina!

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