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Press Release

Regional Archery Qualifying Event Held at Pell City High School

March 19, 2010

Approximately 200 students from eight schools competed on February 27, 2010 at Pell City High School to earn a berth to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state championship. This was the second of four regional qualifying events held in Alabama before the state championship at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center on April 22, 2010. Approximately 1,100 young archers in Grades 4-12 from schools across will compete at the state event in April. 
 
Scoring for the regional qualifying event was based on Olympic style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition included team and individual levels. First place individual and team winners from each of the four regional qualifying events earn an automatic berth to the state championship. Eligibility to participate in the state championship for all other teams will be based on the overall score within their division after all regional event scores are compiled. The upcoming state championship is the first in Alabama in which all teams and individuals will have earned a berth to compete.   
 
2010 Pell City Regional Qualifying Event Team Winners:
    Elementary School Division: Ashville Elementary School, St. Clair County Schools
    Middle School Division: Ashville Middle School, St. Clair County Schools
    High School Division: Ashville High School, St. Clair County Schools
 
2010 Pell City Regional Qualifying Event Individual Winners:
     Elementary School Female: Tabitha Tucker, Ashville Elementary School, St. Clair County Schools
     Elementary School Male: Zack Smith, Ashville Elementary School, St. Clair County Schools
     Middle School Female: Lacey Shiflett, Ashville Middle School, St. Clair County Schools
     Middle School Male: Sam Howard, Ashville Middle School, St. Clair County Schools
     High School Female: Stephanie Whisenant, Ashville High School, St. Clair County Schools
     High School Male: Nathan Owens, Ashville High School, St. Clair County Schools
 
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 175 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.
Visit www.outdooralabama.com/education/archery or call 1-800-245-2740 for additional information about the Alabama’s NASP. 
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
 
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