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Press Release

2011 National Archery in the Schools Program State Championship Winners Announced

April 29, 2011

Alabama’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship was held Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham. More than 1,000 students from across the state, grades four through 12, competed for the title of state champion and the opportunity to advance to the national championship in May.

The top individual winners and top three teams in each division are:

TOP OVERALL INDIVIDUAL WINNERS:

FEMALE: Stephanie Whisenant, Ashville High School, Ashville, Ala.
MALE: Barney Bosarge, Alma Bryant High School, Irvington, Ala.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION:
1. Foley Intermediate School, Foley, Ala.
2. Susan Moore Elementary School, Blountsville, Ala.
3. Gilliard Elementary School, Mobile, Ala.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION:
1. Ashville Middle School, Ashville, Ala.
2. Buckhorn Middle School New Market, Ala.
3. Grand Bay Middle School, Grand Bay, Ala.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:
1. Alma Bryant High School, Irvington , Ala.
2. Ashville High School, Ashville, Ala.
3. Charles Henderson High School, Troy, Ala.

A total of 56 teams earned a chance to compete in the NASP United States Invitational Championship on May 13-14, 2011, in Louisville, Kentucky. Complete results for the 2011 NASP State Championship are available on the ADCNR website at www.outdooralabama.com/education/archery/.

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 NASP promotes participation in the lifelong sport of archery as part of a school’s physical education course and after school programs. Scoring is based on Olympic style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition is on team and individual levels.

According to Marisa Lee, NASP program coordinator for the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, this event is the largest youth archery competition in the state. “The enthusiasm of the teachers and students is inspiring,” Lee said. “There are youth of all sizes and abilities. It is great to see them excel at a sport they can participate in for the rest of their lives.”

Sponsors of the event included the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Manufacturing, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, the Alabama Wildlife Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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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