Woodlawn Elementary School, the defending national champions in the elementary division, took top shooting honors at the fourth of five regional archery tournaments Saturday in Chatsworth.
Woodlawn Elementary shot a team score of 3,263, topping seven other competing schools for the overall highest-scoring team honors at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 4 at Woodlawn Elementary School.
Woodlawn captured the elementary division title to automatically qualify for the 6th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 21 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Woodlawn’s Alyssa Laviana took home highest-scoring female honors with a score of 285 (out of 300). Morgan County Middle School’s Jackson Mitchell won the highest-scoring male award with a score of 281.
Bagley Middle School in Chatsworth was the middle school division champion with a team score of 3,193, just beating out Morgan County Middle School’s 3,125. Southeast Whitfield High School won the high school team division with a 2,646. Bagley Middle and Southeast Whitfield received an automatic bid to the state tournament in March.
Other top shooters included: Woodlawn Elementary, Tucker Hemphill (280, top elementary school male); Bagley Middle, Haley Bagley (282, top middle school female); Southeast Whitfield High, Alley Pilcher (222, top high school female); Southeast Whitfield, Matt Cloer (246, top high school male).
More than 170 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Regional No. 4. Schools that did not win an automatic berth to state at the regional tournament can still be selected as a high-scoring wildcard team after the final regional tournament is completed in late February.
MORE ABOUT NASP
The National Archery in the Schools Program 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 in the Georgia Tournament. Schools in nearly 80 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 48 states as well as six countries. To date, more than nine 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, contact a local WRD Game Management Office or call (770) 918-6416.