Johnson County High School took top shooting honors at the final regional archery tournament Saturday in Wrightsville.
Johnson County shot a team score of 3,028, topping five other competing schools for the overall highest-scoring team honors at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 5 in their home gym.
Johnson County High 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.
Johnson County’s Greg Richard took home highest-scoring male honors with a score of 275 (out of 300). Johnson County’s Whitney Pope won the highest-scoring female award with a score of 254.
Dodge County Middle in Eastman was the middle school division champion with a team score of 2,889. Funston Elementary near Moultrie won the elementary team division with a 2,671. Dodge County Middle and Funston Elementary received an automatic bid to the state tournament in March, while Charlton County High School’s team score of 2,806 was good enough to earn a wildcard bid to state.
Other top shooters included: Funston Elementary’s Payton Klar (253, top elementary school male); Dodge County Middle’s Cameron Coleman (251, top middle school male); Dodge County Middle’s Brooke Nardi (241, top middle school female); Funston Elementary’s Ivorianna Ward (229, top elementary school female).
More than 125 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Regional No. 5. A total of 920 archers shot in the five NASP Georgia regional tournaments in the past month. Schools that did not win an automatic berth to state at the five regional tournaments but qualified as wildcard teams with their team scores were:
Morgan Co. Middle 3125
Miller Co. High 3030
Peach Co. High 2938
Crawford Co. High 2905
Bay Creek Elem. JV 2819
Charlton County High 2806
Gerard Prep High 2794
Bulloch Academy Middle 2757
Lake Park Elem. 2736
Glascock Co. High 2734
Woodlawn Elem. JV 2715
Wauka Mountain Elem. 2662
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.