VINE GROVE, KY- When Sean Newman picked up the bow and arrow three years ago, he didn’t know just how far it would take him, or how far he would help take Alton.
“Sean has been on the archery team all three years during his time here at Alton. It’s been a true privilege to coach him as he has become one of the team’s top shooters,” says his Archery Coach Ryan Neuman, “He has been an incredible asset to the team not only for his high scores at tournaments but for all the little things he does, perfect attendance at all practices and tournaments, hard worker, great sportsmanship and always helping with whatever is needed.”
Over the last three years as an Alton Archer, Newman has become a regular top scorer in most tournaments and practices. AS a true teammate to his peers he is always willing to lend a hand, not just on the range, but in the classroom as well.
“Sean is a very hard-working student. He is also willing to work hard to earn good grades. If there is a topic that he doesn't understand; he will not only ask for help, but he will then volunteer to help others,” says his Science teacher Bernard Orr, “Sean is definitely a great team player in the classroom.”
Newman’s work ethic is well known even among the office staff, with his Counselor, Mark Roberts, saying “Sean is a very conscientious young man who shows genuine concern for his peers and others. He strives to stay positive and give his best effort in all he does.”
The last three years have been eventful for the Alton Archery team, finding themselves back in competition after an eight-year hiatus. Despite the break, upon their return, they have been to the NASP State Tournament for the last two seasons, and Newman has had a team qualifying score in both Region Tournaments and State qualifiers.
Teammate Elsie Rector echos her coaches and teachers in saying that, “Sean is a great teammate. He always comes to practices and tournaments with a positive attitude. He also seems to have a good time doing this sport and being around his teammates and friends.”
Alton Athletic Director Richard Rowland said that “I am so glad to have Sean on our Archery team...he is one of those kids that you are getting everything he has every time he steps up to the firing line. This is something I sincerely hope he continues in High School, as he is very talented, He really cares about how well he does, and that is impressive for this age.”
Neuman concluded by saying that, “Sean will be missed next year and it will be hard to replace him and his role that he has had on the archery team the last 3 seasons. He is planning to continue archery next year at the high school level.”
THIS ARTICLE IS INCOMPLETE DUE TO THE COVID-19 CLOSURE OF SCHOOL RENDERING OUR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT’S ABILITY TO OBTAIN PAST RECORDS OF AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS INCONCLUSIVE.