Nineteen teams and more than 400 shooters from Georgia competed at the recently held National Archery in the Schools National Competition which saw a world-record 10,443 archers from 40 states shoot during the three-day tournament in Louisville.
Many of those Georgia teams and students now qualify for the World Tournament scheduled for July in Madison, Wisconsin.
TOP SCHOOLS AND SCORES
Scoring: A perfect score for an individual is 300; a perfect team score is 3,600
Bay Creek Elementary School in Loganville placed third in the country with a score of 3,205, but came up 32 points shy of the 2014 national championship score. Bay Creek has placed third in consecutive years at the NASP Nationals.
Woodlawn Elementary, the two-time elementary national champion, placed fifth overall out of 114 schools in the elementary division with a score of 3,175. Liberty Elementary’s Skylar McFarlin was the top overall elementary female archer with a score of 287 (over 95 percent accurate). Liberty Elementary out of Toccoa finished 14th in the country.
Bagley Middle School in Chatsworth placed seventh out of 197 of the best middle school archery teams in the nation with a team score of 3,334, the highest a Georgia school has ever shot at nationals. Bagley’s score was just 26 points out of first.
North Murray High School in Chatsworth shot a 3,324 to place 34th out of 164 high school teams and was led by Hunter Jennings’s score of 294, the 10th best male score in the country.
Other Georgia schools finishing in the top 50 in the country were: Lake Park Elementary, Albany (27th, 3,073), Loganville Elementary (46th, 2,995), Loganville Middle (31st, 3,244) and Dodge County Middle (45th, 3,213).
Other top individual shooters were: Bagley Middle’s Haley Bagley (6th in the high school female division, 292) and Bay Creek Elementary’s Maya Wilson (top fourth grade female in the country, 281).
Complete tournament results are online at www.nasptournaments.com.
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 more than 100 counties in Georgia are NASP certified and over 200 schools teach the program in P.E. or other courses.
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 10 countries. To date, more than 12 million students have gone through the program.
For more information on NASP, which is available to all schools in 4th-12 grade that become certified in the program, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP.