Perennial archery power Woodlawn Elementary School clinched its place in Perry by posting the top overall team score at the fourth Georgia-National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament.
Woodlawn Elementary, a former world and national champion team, shot a 3,282 to win the highest scoring team score, beating out seven other school archery teams to qualify for the 7th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 13 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
North Murray High School in Chatsworth won the high school division with a team score of 3,109, while Bagley Middle School fired a 3,040 capturing the middle school division. Both teams qualify for the state tournament with their respective regional division titles.
Woodlawn Elementary’s Braxton Bates and Bagley Middle’s Haley Bagley arrowed a 291 (out of 300) to win the overall high-scoring male and female titles, respectively.
Other top individual shooters included: Southeast Whitfield High’s Tyler Jones (280, top high school male); North Murray High’s Morgan Ray (265, top high school female); Bagley Middle’s Kyle Brock (275, top middle school male); and Woodlawn Elementary’s Alyssa Laviana (277, top elementary school female).
More than 160 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia NASP 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. Individual male and female shooters finishing in the top five in 4th, 5th, 6th grades and the middle and high school divisions all qualify for state.
Tournament results are posted online at www.nasptournaments.com.
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 more than 100 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 47 states as well as 10 countries. To date, more than 10 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.