Although he has only been shooting competitively for a few years, Avery Pagano has learned many things from the sport of archery — and recently, the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School sophomore was selected for the Junior Dream Team, consisting of the most promising junior and cadet Olympic-style archers in the county.
The son of two RFH faculty members — Science teacher Susan Pagano and RFH Industrial Technology teacher Dino Pagano — Avery is one of 30 athletes chosen for this year’s Compound Junior Dream Team. The JDT program was developed to “fast-track” archers between the ages of 12 and 18 who show early potential, and bring them together for training camps, coaching, and competitions.
Athletes are selected based on a number of criteria, including their participation and performance in the annual Team Selection Camp, and will experience training camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Graduates of the program include 2012 Olympian Miranda Leek, as well as several World Archery Youth Championships Team members and USA Archery resident athletes.