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Lake Park Elementary School in Albany won its first regional title Saturday at Georgia’s National Archery in the Schools Program Regional 2.
Lake Park Elementary shot a 3,012 to win the highest scoring team award at the regional tournament, topping six other school archery squads to qualify for the 8th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament April 8th at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Lake Park won the elementary division title, while Marion County High and Marion County Middle captured the middle and high school divisions with scores of 2,985 and 2,864, respectively. Both teams qualify for the state tournament by winning their division.
Individually, Lake Park’s Nathan Masters posted a score of 277 (out of 300) to win the overall high-scoring male title. Lake Park’s Haley Hoffpauir fired a 268 to grab high-scoring female honors.
Other top individual shooters included: Marion County High’s Chad Williams (270, top high school male); Marion Middle School’s James Welch (269, top middle school male); Marion Middle’s Brianna Morgan (266, top middle school female); and Marion High’s Shelby Carter (256, top high school female).
More than 130 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 2 at Lee County Elementary. Other competing schools were Lee County Elementary, Hahira Middle, Whigham Elementary and Whigham Middle. 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. The remaining regional tournaments will be held in Wrightsville (Feb. 15), Demorest (Feb. 22), Valdosta (March 1) and Fort Valley (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, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP .
For more information on 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.