SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. –The excitement was high at the seventh annual National Archery in the Schools (NASP)-Georgia State Tournament with 605 competing archers in 4th-12thgrade shooting more than 24,000 arrows. At the end, Woodlawn Elementary from Chatsworth was crowned the overall high-scoring champion with a score of 3,225, while two area schools made the grade.
Next, Lee County Elementary School and Lake Park Elementary School will head to the national tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. A total of 13 other teams also achieved qualifying scores for the NASP National Tournament, May 10-11. The Tournament is expected to play host to more than 7,500 archers from elementary, middle, and high schools from almost 40 states, making it the largest archery competition in the world.
Among the big winners was Lee County Elementary’s Trellis Whaley, who won the overall individual female title with a score of 284. The fifth-grader from Leesburg was the highest scoring fourth-grade female at the 2012 National Tournament in Louisville and gets her chance at topping that this year
An archery “team” consists of 16 to 24 shooters with at least five members of the opposite gender. Over 40 percent of the state tournament field was female.
Archery teams that competed in the Georgia-NASP state tournament this week had to win their division at one of six regional tournaments in January and February of this year or shoot a regional score high enough to be selected as a wildcard team. More than 1,100 student archers competed in the regional tournaments.
Georgia teams qualifying for nationals are: Woodlawn Elementary (3,225), Bay Creek Elementary (3,159), Lee County Elementary (3,012), Lake Park Elementary (2,992), Bay Creek Elementary JV (2,956), Liberty Elementary (2,950), Morgan County Middle (3,093), Bagley Middle (3,059), Bulloch Academy (3.045), Dodge County Middle (3,005), Wynnbrook Christian (2,985), North Murray High (3,202), Johnson County High (3,147), Lafayette Christian (3,128), Peach County High (3,126).
Complete team and individual results are available online at www.nasptournaments.com.
For more information on NASP, available to all schools in 4th-12 grade, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP.