From Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
-- The largest youth archery competition in Alabama, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship, was held Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham.
Photo: Over 900 young archers participated in the 2008 Alabama National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship.
Over 900 young archers in grades 4-12 from schools across the state competed in the event with hopes that their school's team would win the State Championship and qualify for the United States Invitational Championship in Louisville, Ky., on May 10.
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 promoting student education and participation in the lifelong sport of archery as part of a school's physical education course and after school programs.
Approximately 125 Alabama schools take part in the NASP and more are expected to participate in the next school year. The program can also be included as a unit or activity in the Lifelong Individualized Fitness Education (LIFE) course included in the Alabama Course of Study; Physical Education, which is the one-credit physical education requirement for graduation. The goal of the LIFE course is for students to make physical activity a part of their lives beyond high school, and archery is a sport that can be enjoyed in adulthood.
At Thursday's NASP State Championship, there were three flights. Scoring was based on Olympic style, target archery in three divisions - elementary, middle and high school. Competition included team and individual levels.
Team Level Winners of the 2008 NASP State Championship:
Elementary School Division: Charles Henderson Elementary School, Troy City Schools
Middle School Division: Ashville Middle School, St. Clair County Schools
High School Division: Alma Bryant High School, Mobile County Schools
Top Overall Individual Winners of the 2008 NASP State Championship:
Female: Tiffany Cosper, Ashville Middle School, St. Clair County Schools
Male: Cody Brown, Alma Bryant High School, Mobile County Schools
Visit http://www.outdooralabama.com/education/archery/results08.cfm for a complete listing of the 2008 NASP State Championship winners.