Terrell Academy’s Middle School team posted the highest overall score at the sixth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday at Pine Grove Middle School.
Terrell Academy’s middle school archery team shot a 3,028 to win the overall team title, beating out 13 other schools to qualify for the 9th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 25 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Terrell Academy’s high school squad from Dawson won the high school division with a team score of 2,894, while Lake Park Elementary from Albany captured the elementary division crown with a team score of 2,766. Both Terrell Academy teams and Lake Park Elementary receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Terrell Academy’s Hunter Mathis led the field with a 279 (out of 300) to win the overall highest scoring archer title. Hahira Middle’s Alyssa Davis shot a 273 to capture the overall highest scoring female award.
Other top individual shooters included: Lake Park Elementary’s Ajiana Barbary (255, top elementary school female); Lake Park Elementary’s Brandon Balkom (265, top elementary school male); Terrell Academy’s Madison Knight (268, top middle school male); and Terrell Academy’s Laney Douglas (270, top high school female).
More than 230 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 6 at Pine Grove Middle. Other competing schools were Pine Grove Elementary (Valdosta), Indian Creek Elementary (Douglas), Satilla Elementary (Douglas), Whigham Elementary, Lake Park Elementary (Lowndes Co.), Pine Grove Middle (Valdosta), CHART Academy (Thomasville), Habersham School (Savannah). 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. 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 Feb. 1-March 1. Three remaining tournaments will be held Feb. 28 in Demorest, Leesburg and Wrightsville.
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.