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Right On Target
The fields and waterways of Maryland’s Eastern Shore have long been a destination for sportsmen who enjoy hunting and fishing. Larry Culp ’85, vice president of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, recently confided that’s one of the reasons he chose to attend Washington College. He’s not alone. Today, there is a growing cadre of students who are entering local fishing tournaments, hunting deer and waterfowl, and shooting skeet, trap and sporting clays. And some of them are shooting competitively, under the direction of two nationally certified National Rifle Association shotgun instructors,
Aaron Amick, assistant professor of chemistry, and Doug Pfaff ’10, a computer science and mathematics alumnus now teaching mathematics at Kent School in Chestertown, are both accomplished shooting sportsmen. Amick, who grew up in western Pennsylvania, holds a AA-class national championship title in the smallbore rifle silhouette category and in 2013 finished 28th nationally in the AAA-class. Among many other accomplishments, he also earned the Pennsylvania State championship title in the A-class high-power rifle silhouette category earlier this year.
Pfaff grew up shooting trap and skeet in Delaware; the 2013 Amateur Trapshooting Association champion in the Maryland AIM tourney also holds titles in Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia.
When the trap and skeet club appeared at the Eastern Regional championships in November, Washington College was one of the few small liberal arts schools there fielding a competitive shooting team (results were not available at press time).
“Our program is a real draw,” Amick says. “If you are a high school student from western Pennsylvania, you don’t have very many options if you want to continue to hone your skills. If you want to go to a small liberal arts college, where do you go? For at least one prospective student, being able to shoot competitively was the dealmaker.”