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Liberty Elementary School out of Canton claimed top shooting honors at the sixth and final Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament.
Liberty Elementary’s team shot a 2,836 to win the overall team title, beating out three other school archery teams to qualify for the 7th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 13 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Wilbanks Middle School in Demorest won the middle school division with a team score of 2,712. Both the Liberty Elementary and Wilbanks Middle teams receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Wilbanks Middle’s Adam Harrup led the field with a score of 263 (out of 300) to win the overall highest scoring male archer. Wauka Mountain Elementary’s Maggie Rogers arrowed a 251 to capture the overall highest scoring female title.
Other top individual shooters included Wauka Mountain Elementary’s Cole Ellis (259, top elementary school male) and Wilbanks Middle School’s Joanna Knox (241, top middle school female).
More than 75students in elementary and middle school competed at Georgia NASP Regional No. 6 at Wilbanks Middle School. Schools that did not win an automatic berth to state at the regional tournament can still qualify as a high-scoring wildcard team after the final regional tournament is completed. Wildcard standings. 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.