February 23, 2009
Birmingham, AL - The largest youth archery competition in Alabama, the
National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship,
was held in February at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
Approximately 1,100 young archers in Grades 4-12 from schools across
the state competed in the event.
Scoring for the state championship is based on Olympic style, target
archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school.
Competition included team and individual levels.
The day-long competition paused for a brief moment during the
morning to recognize Ashville Middle School archer Stephanie
Whisenant, who split one arrow with another. This shot, known as a
“Robin Hood,” helped her go on to win the overall competition in the
female division. Her team also won the Middle School Division.
Team Level Winners of the 2009 NASP State Championship:
Elementary School Division: Breitling Elementary, Mobile County
Middle School Division: Ashville Middle School, St. Clair County
High School Division: Alma Bryant High School, Mobile County Schools.
Top Overall Individual Winners of the 2009 NASP State Championship:
Female: Stephanie Whisenant, Ashville Middle School, St. Clair
Male: Joshua Clarke, Alma Bryant High School, Mobile County Schools
Complete listing of the 2009 NASP State
Winners of the Alabama competition qualify to participate in the
NASP United States Invitational Championship in Louisville, Ky. on
The NASP is a joint venture between the Alabama Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries Division and the Alabama Department of Education. The
program promotes participation in the lifelong sport of archery as
part of a school’s physical education course and after-school
programs. Approximately 153 Alabama schools take part in the NASP.
The program can 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 isthe
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.
Sponsors of the event included Academy Sports + Outdoors, the
Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Alabama
Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation, Morrell
Manufacturing, Knight and Hale Game Calls, Summit Treestands, Carry-Lite
Decoys, Pradco Outdoor Brands, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement
Officers Association and the Alabama Wildlife Federation.