Georgia is home to the third best elementary school archery team in the country after this month’s National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament. Woodlawn Elementary’s finish is the highest ever by a Georgia school competing at NASP Nationals, which saw more than 6,700 student archers from 34 states compete in the elementary, middle and high school divisions. The tournament is the largest archery competition in the world.
Georgia School rankings:
Woodlawn Elementary School in Chatsworth finished third in the country in the elementary division with a team score of 3,243. Woodlawn won the Georgia-NASP elementary school title during the state tournament in February.
Bay Creek Elementary School in Loganville placed ninth in the division (4th-6th grade) with its score of 3,157, while Youth Elementary School finished 32nd nationally with a score of 3,030. Ninety-One elementary school teams, made up of 16-24 student archers, from around the United State competed.
Morgan County Middle School in Madison placed 58th in the middle school division (7th-8th grade) with a 3,031. East Laurens Middle School in East Dublin shot a 2,905 to place 85th, while Dodge County Middle in Eastman fired a 2,860 to finish 92nd. There were 106 middle schools teams competing.
Georgia Student rankings:
Individually, Bay Creek Elementary’s Jon Bailey placed 10th nationally by shooting a 285 in the elementary division. Bailey’s score was the top fifth-grade male score in the country.
Parker Kimery of Sharon Elementary in Loganville was fourth overall among fourth-grade males by shooting a 274. Bay Creek Elementary’s Michelle Childers and Woodlawn Elementary’s Haley Bagley each fired a 274 to place in the top 10 among fifth-grade females.
Joshua Peterson of Dodge County Middle placed 23rd nationally among seventh-grade males with his score of 282.
MORE ABOUT NASP
NASP is an in-school archery curriculum that meets all education department standards. Only schools that are certified in NASP through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are qualified to compete. Schools in nearly 71 counties in Georgia are NASP certified.
The program promotes instruction in international-style target archery to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports. Research has shown that the program, administered through a minimum two-week course during the school year, improves class attendance and behavior. NASP universal fit bows make it possible for students of all sizes and genders to succeed in archery while raising self-esteem levels and improving hand-eye coordination during physical activity.
NASP is taught in 46 states as well as Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. To date, more than 6 million students have gone through the program.
For more information on NASP in Georgia, recreational shooting sports opportunities or to find a range near you, visit www.georgiawildlife.com, or call (770) 918-6416.