Dodge County High School in Eastman ran away with top shooting honors at the second of five regional archery tournaments Monday in Fort Valley.
Dodge County High shot a team score of 3,123, topping seven other competing schools for the overall highest-scoring team honors at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 2. Dodge County High also captured the high school division title to automatically qualify for the 6th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 21 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Dodge County also took home top male and female shooter awards. Blayre Durden won the female division with a score of 283 (out of 300), while Joshua Peterson won the male division with a 282.
Wynnbrook Christian School of Columbus was the middle school division champion with a team score of 2,827 and received an automatic bid to the state tournament in March. Wynnbrook’s Denver Mott shot a 256 to finish first in the middle school male division.
Other top shooters included: Bulloch Academy’s Kyra Samuels (234, top elementary school female); Bulloch Academy’s Joseph Lomax (261, top elementary school male); Wynnbrook’s Sage Hall (241, top middle school female).
More than 140 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Regional No. 2 on the campus of Peach County High School. 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.