2008 National Archery in the Schools Program Tournament

2008 National Archery in the Schools Program Tournament

May 16, 2008 - Joel

May 16, 2008

By: Roy Grimes



It took 114,240 arrows and more than fifteen hours of shooting but the results of the largest archery tournament in North America are posted! 


On May 9th and 10th 2,856 student archers from 195 schools in 24 states, all graduates of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) participated in the 2008 NASP nationals.  The tournament featured an 814 foot long shooting line and 162 targets and was occupied by 640 archers per round.  It was conducted indoors at the Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  Once arrows stopped flying and the scanning machines had tabulated scores, a single point separated the top boy and girl shooter in this NASP National.  From Meade County High School in Brandenburg Kentucky Courtney Campbell broke the female NASP world record by shooting a 296 – just 4 points from a perfect score.  One point higher and a point off the male NASP world record, was Ben Blevins from Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Kentucky who posted a 297 out of a possible 300.



The top elementary female and male archers were Patsy Banister from Cadiz, KY and Mitchel Monforton from Mound, MN.  In grades 7-8th top honors were earned by Meaghann Dunn of Brandenburg, KY and Taylor Cundiff of Somerset, Kentucky.  Students from Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, and Alabama also placed in the top 5 of their divisions.  The first place team was from Meigs Intermediate School in Middleport, Ohio.  Both the top middle and high school teams hail from Henderson, Kentucky.  Henderson County High School's team score of 3,354 for its top 12 shooters, represented an average of more than 279 points for each archer.  Every team at the NASP nationals consisted of 16-24 archers with at least 5 being of the opposite gender.  The team's top 12 scores shot during the tournament, including 4 of the opposite gender, were compiled to generate the team's result.  Because archery is safer than every ball sport and students of all sizes, abilities and backgrounds can excel at it, 39% (1,100) of the tournament participants were young ladies.



The National Archery in the Schools Program is a six-year old effort started in Kentucky that has spread to 46 states, Canada and Australia. By month's end the program will be adopted in Pretoria, South Africa and New Zealand.  Since the program's inception in 21 schools on March 3, 2002 the NASP has been adopted in 4,700 schools and has graduated more than 3.2 million students.  NASP lessons are taught by the teacher as part of the school curriculum for 4th-12th grade students.  Most NASP classes are part of Physical Education but some are presented by Spanish, Math, Science, and Language teachers.



The first "culminating event" as educators call NASP tournaments, was conducted in July, 2002 and was attended by 40 enthusiastic student archers.  In 2003 641 archers set a new NASP record which was subsequently broken by several hundred young people every year thereafter.  This year's total of 2,856 archers is 1,279 higher than in 2007.  Next year's total, if not restricted by higher qualifying scores, could exceed 3,500 young people.  To qualify for these NASP Nationals more than 25,000 students participated in 33 regional and state tournaments this past February-May.



Before awarding nearly 300 trophies and medals an audience of more than 5,000 people was treated to the annual "Scholarship Shoot-Off".   During this featured event the top four boys and four girls were called to the shooting line and competed in a series of 5-arrow shoot-offs for 8 cash scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.  Rachael Zorsky from Oxford Central School in New Jersey was the $2,500 winner in the female division and Ben Blevins from Pulaski County High School in Kentucky banked $2,500 for his college education.



For a complete listing of the results and scholarship donors please visit http://www.archeryingtheschools.org/   Many thanks are owed to organizations that helped conduct the tournament this year including; The National Field Archery Association, the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, Centershot Ministries, KY NASP Foundation, the United Bowhunters of Kentucky, NASP State Coordinators, and archery professionals representing Mathews Archery. 

Information for those who would like to contribute to the NASP Foundation, a 501 c (3) non-Profit educational foundation, please refer to the website or call: (608) 269-0832.


Roy Grimes

President, NASP Foundation

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