Bay Creek Elementary School in Loganville ran away with top shooting honors at the first of five regional archery tournaments Saturday at Loganville High School.
Bay Creek Elementary shot a team score of 3,081 to beat out 11 schools and win the overall highest-scoring team award at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 1. Bay Creek also won the elementary school division to qualify for the 6th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 21 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Lafayette Christian School from LaGrange automatically qualified for the state tournament by winning the high school division with a team score of 2,850.
Individually, 5th-grader Dylan Thompson from Bay Creek Elementary was awarded the overall highest scoring male champion with a score of 285 (out of 300). The overall highest scoring female champion was Lafayette Christian School’s Hannah Powell, who fired a 257. She tied Bay Creek Elementary’s Caroline Hughes, who also shot a 257, but Powell won the tie-breaker by shooting more 10 rings.
Other top individual shooters included: Lafayette Christian’s Rebecca Borders (228, top middle school female); Branch Christian’s Eddie Alvarez (267, top middle school male); and Sola Fide Christian’s Joey Kasper (269, top high school male).
More than 230 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Regional No. 1. Schools that did not win 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 in late February.
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 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 six countries. To date, more than nine 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.