STUDENT Spotlight
Hunter Machin, Champion Bowler

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. Spotlighted students receive and answer a series of questions through which they share their experiences. In this Student Spotlight, Hunter Machin, a Grade 8 student at Dundalk Middle School, discusses his involvement in bowling. (To see more student spotlights, click here.)Student Spotlight

Why did you start bowling?
I wanted to be like my dad. He used to be a professional bowler.

When did you start bowling?
I remember bowling some with my parents when I was about 10 years old. I started bowling on a league about three and a half years ago, and I started competing about three years ago.

How did you enter the Junior Bowlers Tour Event and the Parker Bohn III Junior Scholarship Tournament?
My dad was in a tournament at the Elkton Lanes, and we found a Junior Tour Event flier on a table that explained how to enter it. I have a friend who is 15 years old and who has competed in the Parker Bohn III Junior Scholarship Tournament in the past. He encouraged me to enter that tornament.

How do you practice/prepare for bowling?
I practice four days a week at the Perry Hall Lanes and the Country Club Lanes by bowling with some of my friends. I also get coached by Danny Wiseman and Chuck Assero.

Have you won any awards/honors for bowling?
I bowled my first 300 game when I was 12 and got my 300 ring. I placed third in the Junior Bowlers Tour Event and first in the Parker Bohn III Junior Scholarship Tournament. I also won the Tournament of Champions.

What is the most rewarding part of being a bowler?
The most rewarding part is the scholarship money that I am earning.

What is the most challenging part of being a bowler?
The most challenging part is having everyone watch me as I bowl.

What advice do you have for other aspiring bowlers?
Give it your best effort.

What are your hopes for this school year?
I hope to get straight A’s for all four quarters this year. Last year I missed this goal by the one B I got.

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