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10 Georgia schools headed to NASP national competition

From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

-- More than 30 schools and almost 800 student archers competed at the recent Georgia-NASP State Tournament. That's nearly double the number of participants at last year's event.

Bagley Middle School in Chatsworth, led by the overall highest scoring student archer, won the 2011 Georgia-NASP State Tournament held Feb. 11 at The Great Outdoors Show in Perry.

Bagley Middle's team score of 3,263 was the highest score posted by 37 teams statewide in the elementary, middle and high school divisions.

Nearly 800 archers that are in schools certified to teach the National Archery in the Schools Program participated in the state tournament. The state tournament is coordinated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and is open to all Georgia schools enrolled in the National Archery in the Schools program (NASP).

Bagley Middle School's Isaiah Waters was the highest scoring male champion with a score of 296, just four points shy of a perfect 300.

Haley Bagley, a member of the Woodlawn Elementary School team in Chatsworth, was the overall highest scoring female champion with a score of 287. Waters and Bagley were awarded $1,000 college scholarships.

Woodlawn Elementary won the elementary school division title with a score of 3,148. Bagley Middle won the middle school division title with a score of 3,263. Miller County High won the high school division title with a score of 3,138.

Individual state champions were Haley Bagley, Woodlawn Elementary, 287 (First place Elementary Female); Parker Kimery, Sharon Elementary, 293 (First place Elementary Male); Bailey Coker, Bagley Middle, 271 (First place Middle Female); Isaiah Waters, Bagley Middle, 296 (First place Middle Male); Blayre Durden, Dodge Co. High, 265 (First place High Female); Eric Whatley, Miller Co. High, 280 (First place High Male).

Ten schools are eligible for the NASP national tournament after posting a qualifying score at the state tournament. Those schools are Woodlawn Elementary, Bay Creek Elementary, Youth Elementary, Lee County Elementary, Bagley Middle, Morgan County Middle, Dodge County Middle, Miller County High, Dodge County High and Peach County High.

The NASP National Tournament will be held May 13 and 14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kent. Nearly 7,000 archers from more than 30 states competed at last year's national tournament, which is considered the largest archery tournament in North America.

Woodlawn Elementary placed third in the nation in the elementary division at last year's national tournament and went on to first place at the World Tournament.

NASP 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 nearly 80 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 Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. To date, more than 7 million students have gone through the program.

For more information on NASP in Georgia, recreational shooting sports opportunities or to find a range, visit www.georgiawildlife.com, contact a Game Management Office or call (770) 918-6416.

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