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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 2014.
Lafayette Christian School’s archery team shot a 3,000 to win the overall team title, beating out eight other schools to qualify for the 8th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Wilbanks Middle School of Demorest won the middle school division with a team score of 2,891, while Liberty Elementary School of Toccoa captured the elementary division crown with a team score of 2,925. Both Wilbanks Middle and Liberty Elementary teams receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Skylar McFarlin of Liberty Elementary School led the field with a 275 (out of 300) on a tie-breaker over Serria Cofield of Lafayette Christian to win the overall highest scoring female archer. Wilbanks Middle School’s Adam Harrup arrowed a 267 to capture the overall highest scoring male award.
Other top individual shooters included: Lafayette Christian’s Lexi Bryan (266, top middle school female); Seth Jamison of Liberty Elementary (256, top elementary school male); Sierra Cofield of Lafayette Christian (275, top high school female) Luke McKay of Lafayette Christian (271, top high school male).
More than 175 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 5 at Wilbanks Middle School. Other competing schools were Bay Creek Elementary of Walton County, Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy of Hall County, Gerard Preparatory Academy of Gwinnett County and Clarkesville Elementary, Fairview Elementary, and Hazel Grove Elementary of Habersham County. 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 Valdosta (March 1) and Fort Valley (March 1).
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.