Dodge County High School took top shooting honors at the fourth of eight Georgia regional National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments Saturday at Charlton County High School.
Dodge County High shot a team score of 3,271 to top nine other competing schools and win the overall high-scoring team award at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 4. Vidalia Heritage Academy swept the elementary and middle school divisions to move on to the 9th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 25 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Vidalia Heritage’s elementary archery squad shot a 2,846, while the middle school team scored a 2,939. All three division winners from Saturday’s regional receive automatic bids to the state tournament, which will host nearly 1,100 of the top NASP archers in the state.
Individually, Dodge County High’s Morgan Graham was awarded the overall highest scoring individual with a score of 284 (out of a perfect 300). The overall highest scoring female was Dodge County High’s Abby Hightower, who shot a 280.
Other top individual shooters included: Vidalia Heritage’s Foster Jones (279, top middle school male); Vidalia’s Helen Baird (263, top middle school female); Vidalia Heritage’s Mason Beachem (272, top elementary school male); and Vidalia’s Lilly Williams (249, top elementary female).
More than 190 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 4 in Folkston. Other competing schools were St. George Elementary, Bethune Middle, Indian Creek Elementary, Pine Grove Middle, Dodge County Middle and Charlton County High. 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 Feb. 28. Wildcard standings will be posted at www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP along with regional, state and national tournament rules, regulations, and more.
More than 2,000 student archers have registered to compete in the eight regional Georgia-NASP tournaments held Jan. 24-Feb. 28. The remaining regional tournaments will be held in Demorest (Feb. 21), Valdosta (Feb. 21), Leesburg (Feb. 28) and Wrightsville (Feb. 28).
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 on NASP in Georgia, 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.