More than 600 students from 32 schools across New York competed in the 11th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Friday, March 15. The program encourages youth to participate in outdoor activities and specifically the sport of archery, with the New York’s competition winners moving on to a national tournament this spring.
The event hosted 47 teams of students in one of three divisions: High School, grades 9-12; Middle School, grades 6-8; and Elementary School, grades 4-5. Awards are given out in each of the three divisions for first through 10th places. Individuals who place in the Top 10 in their division, and teams that place first in each of the three divisions, qualify to compete and represent New York State at the NASP tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky, in May.
More than four million students at 8,500 schools in 47 states and five countries have participated in NASP. Since New York implemented the Archery in Schools program in 2008, more than 400 schools and 40,000 students have participated. Last year’s state competition drew 485 students from 25 school districts across New York, and a brief video of last year’s tournament can be viewed on DEC’s YouTube page.
The NASP initiative is a great way to introduce young people to archery and serves as a potential conduit to becoming interested in hunting and the outdoors. Educators report that NASP inspires students of all athletic abilities to greater academic achievement. DEC has facilitated the statewide program since its inception, helping schools to start and run their programs, training instructors and staff on teaching methods, and facilitating the collection of equipment for start-up programs.
For more information on how schools can become involved, visit DEC’s website.
Here’s a list of the results: https://nasptournaments.org/TournamentDetail.aspx?tid=4364
A list of participating schools by county:
Warren: JOHNSBURG CENTRAL SCHOOL
Fulton: MAYFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Essex: SCHROON LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL
Franklin: TUPPER LAKE MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL
Lewis: GLENFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Lewis: HARRISVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL
Lewis: PORT LEYDEN ELEMENTARY
Lewis: SOUTH LEWIS CENTRAL SCHOOL
Herkimer: LITTLE FALLS CITY SCHOOL
Herkimer: MOHAWK VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
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