Ten Georgia Schools Headed to Archery Nationals

More than 30 schools and almost 800 student archers competed at
the recent Georgia-NASP State Tournament. That is almost double the
number of participants at last year’s event!

The state tournament is coordinated by the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and is open to all
Georgia schools enrolled in the National Archery in the Schools
program (NASP).

WINNING SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS

Bagley Middle School in Chatsworth, led by the overall highest
scoring student archer, won the 2011 Georgia-NASP State Tournament
held Friday, Feb. 11, at The Great Outdoors Show in Perry.

Bagley Middle’s team score of 3,263 was the highest score posted
by 37 teams statewide in the elementary, middle and high school
divisions. Nearly 800 archers that are in schools certified to
teach the National Archery in the Schools Program participated in
the state tournament. The state tournament is coordinated by the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources
Division and is open to all Georgia schools enrolled in the
National Archery in the Schools program (NASP).

Bagley Middle School’s Isaiah Waters was the highest scoring
male champion with a score of 296, just four points shy of a
perfect 300.

Haley Bagley, a member of the Woodlawn Elementary School team in
Chatsworth, was the overall highest scoring female champion with a
score of 287. Waters and Bagley were awarded $1,000 college
scholarships.

Woodlawn Elementary won the elementary school division title
with a score of 3,148. Bagley Middle won the middle school division
title with a score of 3,263. Miller County High won the high school
division title with a score of 3,138.

Individual state champions were:

– Haley Bagley, Woodlawn Elementary, 287 (First place Elementary
Female)

– Parker Kimery, Sharon Elementary, 293 (First place Elementary
Male)

– Bailey Coker, Bagley Middle, 271 (First place Middle
Female)

– Isaiah Waters, Bagley Middle, 296 (First place Middle
Male)

– Blayre Durden, Dodge Co. High, 265 (First place High
Female)

– Eric Whatley, Miller Co. High, 280 (First place High Male)

Ten schools are eligible for the NASP national tournament after
posting a qualifying score at the state tournament. Those schools
are Woodlawn Elementary, Bay Creek Elementary, Youth Elementary,
Lee County Elementary, Bagley Middle, Morgan County Middle, Dodge
County Middle, Miller County High, Dodge County High and Peach
County High.

The NASP National Tournament will be held May 13-14, 2011 at the
Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kent. Nearly 7,000
archers from more than 30 states competed at last year’s national
tournament, which is considered the largest archery tournament in
North America.

Woodlawn Elementary placed third in the nation in the elementary
division at last year’s national tournament and went on to 1st
place at the World Tournament.

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 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 Australia, Canada, South
Africa and New Zealand. To date, more than 7 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.

 

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