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Alabama 2010 National Archery in the Schools Program state winners named

From the Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

-- More than 1,000 students from across Alabama in grades four through 12 competed for Alabama’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state championship, and the chance to advance to the national championship in May. The competition was April 22 in Birmingham.

Top overall winners are Stephanie Whisenant, Ashville High School, Ashville, and  Luke Richerzhagen, Ashville High School, Ashville.

Elementary school division winners:
1. Ashville Middle School, Ashville
2. Breitling Elementary School, Grand Bay
3. Susan Moore Elementary School, Blountsville

Middle School Division:
1. Ashville Middle School, Ashville
2. Charles Henderson Middle School, Troy
3. Saraland Middle School, Satsuma, Ala.

High School Division:
1. Ashville High School, Ashville.
2. Alma Bryant High School, Irvington
3. Madison County Tech Center, Huntsville

A total of 36 teams earned a chance to compete in the NASP United States Invitational Championship on May 7 in Louisville, Ky. Complete results for the 2010 NASP State Championship are available on the ADCNR website at www.outdooralabama.com/education/archery/.

The NASP is a joint venture between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and the Alabama Department of Education. The NASP promotes student education and participation in the lifelong sport of archery as part of a school’s physical education course and after school programs. Scoring is based on Olympic style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition is on team and individual levels.

The competition shows that the NASP is a success in Alabama according to Marisa Lee, program coordinator for the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. “We are very pleased with the increased participation and level of competition,” Lee said. “The growth in the number of students we see in the program each year is a testament to the enthusiasm of the schools, students, teachers and sponsors of the event.”

Sponsors of the event included the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Manufacturing, The Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Hunter Safety Systems, The Alabama Wildlife Federation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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