Johnson County High School claimed top shooting honors at the fifth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament.
Johnson County High shot a 3,207 to win the overall team title, beating out five other school archery teams to qualify for the 7th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 13 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Dodge County Middle School in Eastman won the middle school division with a team score of 3,050. Both Johnson County High and Dodge County Middle teams receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Johnson County High’s Curt Mayo led the field with a 284 (out of 300) to win the overall highest scoring male archer. Johnson County High’s Taylor Steelman arrowed a 274 to capture the overall highest scoring female title.
Other top individual shooters included: Bethune Middle School’s Newton Roberts (272, top middle school male); Dodge County Middle’s Jadie Gay (263, top middle school female); Dodge County Middle’s Josh Williams (267, top elementary school male); and Johnson County Middle’s Caitlyn Mayo (253, top elementary school female).
More than 100 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia NASP Regional No. 5. Schools that did not win an automatic berth to state at the regional tournament can still qualify as a high-scoring wildcard team after the final regional tournament is completed in late February. Wildcard standings are posted below. 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.
Lake Park Elementary 2874
Bay Creek Elementary 2871
Bethlehem Elementary 2656
Wynnbrook Christian 2927
Johnson County Middle 2916
Lee County Middle 2860
Peach Co. High 3029
Crawford Co. High 2962
Charlton Co. High 2940
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 47 states as well as 10 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.