Dodge County High School claimed top shooting honors at the fourth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament.
Dodge County High’s archery team shot a 3,175 to win the overall team title, beating out 12 other schools to qualify for the 8th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Dodge County Middle School in Eastman won the middle school division with a team score of 3,032, while Vidalia Heritage Academy captured the elementary division crown with a team score of 2,539. Both Dodge County Middle and Vidalia Heritage teams receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Dodge County High’s Joshua Peterson led the field with a 286 (out of 300) to win the overall highest scoring male archer. Dodge County High’s Chelsea Barrentine arrowed a 281 to capture the overall highest scoring female award.
Other top individual shooters included: Dodge County Middle’s Josh Williams (271, top middle school male); Johnson County Middle’s Jodie Sumner (268, top middle school female); Bulluch Academy’s Harrison Kennedy (263, top elementary school male); and Bulloch Academy’s Garris Boykin (251, top elementary school female).
More than 220 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 4 at Johnson County High. Other competing schools were Bulloch Academy, Habersham School, L.K. Moss Primary School, Johnson County Middle and High, Jones County High and Bible Baptist Christian. Final tournament results are posted at www.nasptournaments.org.
Schools that did not win their division and 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 March 1. Wildcard standings will be posted at www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP along with regional, state and national tournament rules, regulations, and more.
More than 1,500 student archers have registered to compete in the seven regional Georgia-NASP tournaments held Feb. 1-March 1. The remaining regional tournaments will be held in Demorest (Feb. 22), Valdosta (March 1) and Fort Valley (March 1).
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 48 states as well as 10 countries. To date, more than 12 million students have gone through the program. For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP.
For more information on 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.