My name is Amy Pallo, and I am the Principal at Lowell High School.
First of all, I want to tell you that this is one of our most highly respected clubs at Lowell High School. When Mr. Aaron Roth came to us a few years ago, and asked to start a team for our school, he was extremely organized and had clear expectations and ideas on how to run such a program. It was clear from the beginning that he was genuinely interested in running a team that would welcome all kids, help them build character, and become great competitors of this sport.
Over the years, I have watched this program grow and become a "home" for all kinds of students. This group is made up of some of our strongest students, as well as some who have academic issues. One student, in particular, found himself in a tough situation early on in his high school career. He lacked skill, support and motivation. However, once Aaron and the other coaches worked with him, things changed quickly. This student is now working hard in school, and finding success, and I firmly believe it is because of the influence these coaches had on him.
Our coaches have integrity and dedication. I am so thankful they put in the countless hours to make this club happen. They get no financial support from our school, and do not use any of our facilities or equipment. Yet, they work hard to ensure all of our students have a place and an opportunity. I am very grateful that these coaches are here to support our kids in this program.
Lowell High School
I am one of the trap shooters that participated in the Junior Olympic Development Camp on August 14-18. I have to tell you just how much I appreciate the time I spent at the Olympic Training Center. It was definitely something I will never forget. A day doesn't go by when I don't think about it.
It was such a privilege and honor to be at the Olympic Training Center and meet the people I did. I learned so much in such a little amount of time and I have gotten so much better. I have actually placed at each shoot I have participated in since I have been back. My scores are even better than before, which I can honestly say is because of the mental and physical technique I learned from Tom, Jeff, Ashley, Tyler, Alex, and the other staff members and coaches that helped me. My average is about 95 now, almost a 96 in singles in American Trap, and I couldn’t be happier.
I am just so grateful for the opportunity I had there, and it has helped my shooting and just me in general so much. My averages keep getting better, I'm going up in classes, and I'm just more confident. My next goal is running 100 straight soon.
I have tried everything you guys taught me. I keep a journal now and even track my food and workouts. I also read the book "Mind VS Target," which I learned a tremendous amount of helpfully information from. Plus I have been looking up articles and reading and watching videos to learn as much as I can about the game. I have been looking more into college opportunities for shooting, and even the military's shooting program as well.
I have met Shawn Dulohery and I have emailed Connie and asked her for some advice, and she has been a huge help. Kim Rhode also contacted me because she heard I was a huge fan.
Thanks for everything you have done for me and other shooters, because I do want to go far in this sport -- definitely college bound, and maybe the Olympics one day. The time I spent practicing and learning at the OTC was just the start for me. I am forever grateful!