Johnson County Middle claimed top shooting honors at the eighth and final Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament.
Johnson Middle’s archery team shot a 3,155 to win the overall team title, edging out Johnson County High and 10 other schools to qualify for the 9th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 25 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Johnson County High won the high school division with a team score of 3,149, while Sharon Elementary captured the elementary division crown with a team score of 2,813. Both Johnson County High and Sharon Elementary teams receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Johnson County High’s Josie Sumner led the field with a 279 (out of 300) to win the overall highest scoring archer. Johnson County High’s Wade Claxton shot a 272 to win the top male award.
Other top individual shooters included: Sharon Elementary’s Makayla Keller (261, top elementary school female; Veritas Academy’s Vincent Sotille (262, top elementary school male); Johnson County Middle’s Caitlyn Mayo (273, top middle school female); and Johnson County Middle’s Ethan Fields (271, top middle school male).
More than 220 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 8 at Johnson County High. Other competing schools were Bulloch Academy, Newton College and Career Academy, Waverly Hall Christian and West Laurens High. Final tournament results are posted at www.nasptournaments.org.
Schools that did not win their division and 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 March 1. Wildcard standings will be posted at www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP along with regional, state and national tournament rules, regulations, and more.
More than 1,500 student archers have registered to compete in the seven regional Georgia-NASP tournaments held Feb. 1-March 1.
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 10 countries. To date, more than 12 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.