Photo submitted – Aidan Countryman shot a 10 during practice.

The Mohawk Valley Christian Academy has received funds from the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation, Inc. to enhance their archery program and to begin a Student Air Rifle Program.

They currently run the NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) from January-March and compete at the state tournament in Syracuse. From that tournament, students can be qualified to compete at a National level in Kentucky.

The school has had four students qualify for the Nationals this year (Selah Kastner, Jacob Kastner, Mataya Levellie, and Lukas Drews). Mataya will be going to Nationals with her family to compete.

They have been using the same equipment since the inception of the program and requested funds from the foundation to update their equipment.

The Academy would also like to start a student air rifle program.  It is based on the same premise as the NASP.  Their instructors are working to get certified in September so that they can run the air rifle program in October and November.

Through both of these programs, the students are taught safety practices, sportsmanship, discipline, and skills that they can use once they leave the classroom.

The school has dedicated volunteers that obtain their instructor’s certification through the program and are required to maintain that certification throughout the year.

School officials stated, “We are so very grateful.”