April 30, 2007
The largest youth archery competition in Alabama, the National
Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship, was held
Thursday, April 26, 2007 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in
Birmingham. Nearly 700 young archers in Grades 4-12 from schools
across the state competed in the event with hopes that their
school’s team will advance to the United States Invitational
Championship in Louisville, Kentucky in June.
NASP is a joint venture between the Alabama Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) 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
100 Alabama schools take part in the NASP. “This program is unique
in many ways,” said State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton.
“Participating students are challenged to do their best academically
and physically and at the same time are learning and displaying
positive character education traits. The programcan 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.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Commissioner M. Barnett Lawley thinks the partnership with education
is a winner. “The National Archery in the Schools Programs is a
great example of the many educational programs offered by our
department as part of school activities. I congratulate the
students, schools, and teachers who have worked hard to get where
they are today and am confident that those advancing to the national
championship will represent Alabama well.”
At Thursday’s NASP State Championship, there were two flights.
Scoring was based on Olympic style, target archery in three
divisions – elementary, middle and high school.
Competition included team and individual levels.
Eleven-year old Tripp Blackmon, a sixth-grade student at Charles
Henderson Middle School (CHMS), was new to the team and the
championship. “I’m more nervous after I shoot, worrying if I am
following all of the rules. It’s my first time.”
Countess Carswell, mother of Charles Henderson Middle School
sixth-grader Jonathan Carswell, enjoys watching her son shoot. “The
last time we were here, my eighth-grade son participated. This time
it is a little more nerve racking watching my sixth-grader because I
can see how excited he is. My husband bow hunts and that’s why the
boys began liking archery and we appreciate the good job the coaches
have done teaching our students skill and teamwork.” Jonathan took
second place in the Individual Level Elementary Male Division.
“We are extremely pleased with the partnership we have with schools
all across the state,” said Marisa Lee-Sasser, the program’s
coordinator for the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
Division. “It is rewarding to see how much the students gain from
this program and how much they enjoy participating.”
Team Level Winners of the 2007 NASP State Championship are:
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION: Charles Henderson Middle
School – Troy City School System
MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION:
Charles Henderson Middle School – Troy City School System
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION: Alma Bryant High School – Mobile
County School System
complete listing of the 2007 NASP State Championship winners.
Sponsors of the event included the Alabama Chapter of the Wild
Turkey Federation, Alabama Wildlife Federation, Alabama Conservation
and Natural Resources Foundation, and Strickland Outdoors.