Georgia is once again home to a high ranking champion elementary school archery team after this month’s National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament, held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. In addition, Shelby Goodrich, of Woodlawn Elementary School in Chatsworth, came out as the top 4th grader in the competition.
Students with Woodlawn Elementary, in their second year competing at the international level, saw more than 1,130 student archers from the U.S., New Zealand, Canada and other nations.
“These students showed tremendous commitment and discipline,” says Jennifer Pittman, shooting sports coordinator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. “They had fun, but they also put in a lot of hours, work, sweat and tears to participate all year. Plus, they had the full support of their coaches and parents. Their efforts paid off, and they moved from local and state competitions to national and international levels.”
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Woodlawn Elementary School in Chatsworth finished third in the world competition in the elementary division with a team score of 3,234. Woodlawn also won the Georgia-NASP elementary school title during the state tournament in February 2011 and took first place at the NASP National Tournament in May 2011.
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Individually, Woodlawn Elementary’s Shelby Goodrich placed first out of all fourth grade contestants (eighth place overall in female elementary division) by shooting a 276 in the elementary division.
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 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 46 states as well as Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. To date, more than 6 million students have gone through the program.
To learn how to bring NASP to your school, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP or call 770.388.0045. To find an archery range, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/archery-shooting-ranges .