Allow Trap/Skeet Participants to Earn a Chenille Letter.

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High school clay target shooting started with neighboring district, Hopkins, in 2005. Hopkins gained approval as the first official (school district sanctioned) club of its kind in Minnesota. In 2006 - Hopkins was joined by Minnetonka and Armstrong with official school sanctioned clubs. Wayzata also joined but wasn't an official school sanctioned team. Hopkins approved lettering 10 years ago – again, first in the state.

The Robbinsdale Armstrong High School trap and skeet team wishes to be a leader in this sport. Our club has had significant growth in the past two years. More importantly, our club is open to every student and any student, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or physical ability. The only mandate is to have a Minnesota Gun Safety Certificate. Our club has had, and continues to have, members from all four secondary schools.


Our students and their parents have expressed interest in the opportunity for our athletes to earn a Letter in trap and skeet. The coaches have approached administration with criteria and a well-researched plan consistent with other school lettering policies. Unfortunately, the plan was turned down. Recently, a group of parents had a lengthy discussion with Principal Dahl and Patty Weldon, Armstrong's athletic director. After the discussion, AD Weldon reached out to all of the Northwest Suburban Conference Schools (19 schools) for the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). It was discovered almost 70% of those schools offer a chenille letter for the sport. That figure is extremely close to the 80 percent of schools offering a chenille letter for trap and skeet in the Minnesota State Clay Target League. Unfortunately, the AD and school administration stated they do not offer a varsity letter to participants in clubs or activities which are not sanctioned by the MSHSL and the parent group was turned down once again. A school, it's administration and athletic department have sole discretion on lettering policies; it does not require MSHSL sanction or for the sport, club or activity to be MSHSL sanctioned. Thus more than several schools in the NWSC offer chenille letters for trap and skeet.


We need your voice! If you are a student, parent, alumni or friend of the Robbinsdale Armstrong Trap & Skeet team and want the school to offer a Lettering program for trap and skeet, we ask you to please sign this petition. Once signatures are gathered, a group of parents will once again meet with Principal Dahl and AD Weldon to ask how our voices can be heard and what we can do to make this happen.

If you wish to share the impact the trap and skeet program has had on your son/daughter, please feel free to leave a note here.

We, signed below, wish to petition Armstrong High School to develop and implement a chenille letter program for our trap and skeet athletes.



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