Clay target shooting club proposed at Norway High School

NORWAY — Norway High School may have a clay target shooting club team in time for the spring season.

The proposed team would be self-funded, not use any school facilities, have minimal conflict with other spring sports and be covered under general liability insurance, parent Al Schultz told the Norway-Vulcan School Board on Wednesday.

Schultz asked that the club, if approved, use the school’s name and logo, have a photo in the school yearbook and eventually become a letterman sport.

Twenty-two schools in Michigan — but none in the Upper Peninsula — had teams last year and interest is growing, Schultz said.

Both boys and girls can compete on the same team. A state tournament takes place in June in Mason, Mich., with a national tournament also there in July.

Students would practice at the United Sportsmen’s Club in Merriman.

They would need a Michigan hunter safety certificate to participate, but Schultz said he would provide guns to any students who don’t have their own. Schultz said he would seek donations for ammunition and targets, and students would have to cover some costs.

Schultz volunteered as coach but noted he will need another if more than 10 students sign up.

Athletic Director Joe Tinti told the board he had no concerns about adding the club.

But board members requested more time to look through information provided by Schultz, and asked the issue be placed on their December agenda.

Schultz said he would need an answer by March 1 in time for the season to start in early April.

In other business, the board:

— Approved an after-school jam band club and appointed Billy Hess as instructor, pending a background check.

The club, which has 13 students, has been meeting since September whenever teachers are available to stay after school and supervise, Superintendent Lou Steigerwald said. Students hope to perform at the school Christmas program, he added.

— Allowed the Dickinson County Bike Path Committee to use school-owned land between Marion Park and Piers Gorge for a mountain bike trail system. The Norway City Council already authorized using city-owned land in the same area.

— Heard a presentation by seventh-grade students who recently went on the annual Isle Royale trip. Students camped, hiked, heard ranger presentations, wrote reports and made a video of their experience.