Marion County Middle and High School won their divisions at Georgia’s National Archery in the Schools Program Regional 3 Saturday.
Marion County High shot a score of 3,000 to win the highest scoring team award, beating out 14 other school archery squads to qualify for the 7th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 13 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Marion County Middle School won the middle school division with a team score of 2,908, while host Lee County Elementary fired a 2,985 en route to winning the elementary division. Both teams qualify for the state tournament with their respective regional division titles.
Individually, Marion County Middle’s James Welch arrowed a 281 (out of 300) to win the overall high-scoring male title. Lee County Elementary’s Trellis Whaley, the defending female national champion in the fourth-grade division, shot a 277 to win overall high-scoring female award.
Other top individual shooters included: Marion County High’s Shelby Carter (275, top high school female); Thomasville High’s Paul Nix (269, top high school male); Lee County Middle’s Skylar Pressley (269, top middle school male); and Hahira Middle’s Faith Johnson (247, top middle school female).
More than 300 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia NASP Regional No. 3. 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. Individual male and female shooters finishing in the top five in 4th, 5th, 6th grades and the middle and high school divisions all qualify for state.
Tournament results are posted online at www.nasptournaments.com.
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 more than 100 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 seven countries. To date, more than 10 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.