Lafayette Christian School claimed top shooting honors in the High School Division at the fifth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament of 2015.
Lafayette Christian School’s archery team shot a 3,168 to win the overall team title to qualify for the 9th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Calvary Christian of Columbus won the middle school division with a team score of 2,978, while Liberty Elementary School of Toccoa captured the elementary division crown with a team score of 2,962. Both Calvary Christian and Liberty Elementary teams receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Kari Van Larrhoven of Lafayette Christian led the field with a 286 (out of 300) to win the overall highest scoring archer.
Other top individual shooters included: Liberty Elementary’s Emma Lawrence (262, top elementary school female); Simon McDonald of Liberty Elementary (254, top elementary school male); Calvary Christian’s James Brewster (275, top middle school male); and Sierra Cofield of Lafayette Christian (282, top high school female).
More than 215 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 5 at Wilbanks Middle School. Other competing schools were Fairview Elementary, Hazel Grove Elemetary, Gerard Preparatory School, South Habersham Middle, Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, Wilbanks Middle and Woodville Elementary. 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 Feb. 28. Wildcard standings will be posted at www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP along with regional, state and national tournament rules, regulations, and more.
More than 2,000 student archers have registered to compete in the eight 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 12 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.