Kentucky students dominated the World Archery Championships as students from 22 states and 2 provinces in Canada, representing 175 schools, met in St. Louis, Mo., at America Center and Edward Jones Dome in late June to compete in the 2013 National Archery in the Schools Program World Championship. Student archers earned their way into this event by qualifying at their receptive NASP events.
|Students compete in the 2013 National Archery in the Schools Program World Championship at the America Center and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.|
St. Louis was selected to give the event a central location in the country. This was NASOP's fifth consecutive world championship. The previous four took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. This year's event was the third largest archery tournament held in 2013 next to the Kentucky state tournament (4,250 students) and the 2013 NASP National Tournament (9,246 students).
The Missouri Department of Conservation co-hosted the event and provided most of the staff and volunteers necessary to run the event smoothly and successfully. Enthusiasm ran high among the volunteers as students exhibited poise under heavy competition. Every archer experienced a highly organized, safe and fun event for the last tournament of the 2013 NASP season.
The 2013 NASP World Championship World Championship ended a scholastic archery season that began in January with team try-outs and covered 42 states, numerous provinces and two national tournaments. The response was phenomenal. Almost 9,500 students competed in the largest archery tournament in the world at the U.S. NASP Tournament held in Louisville, Ky., in May.
The grand St. Louis event consisted of 13 competitive flights. Each archery team consisted of 12-24 students.Teams were comprised of 44 percent females.
More than two million NASP students followed the same format and protocols as they practiced throughout the 2012-13 school year. Everyone used the same Mathews Genesis bow and Easton aluminum arrows. NASP rules prevent the use of sights, stabilizers and other aids. NASP teaches basis archery skills and the shot process needed for each arrow.
Every student, regardless of experience, or grade level shot five practice and 15 scored arrows at an 80 centimeter target from both 10 and 15 meters. A perfect score represents 30 bulls-eyes and 300 points. Teams scores are tallied using the teams top 12 scores and must include scores from both genders.
Most students find archery to be moderately difficult, but not so hard that they can't succeed with practice. The NASP program has proven to be highly attractive to students and has grown rapidly.
These are the teams and individuals who won first place awards at the 2013 NASP(r) World Championship. All other results are available at Archery in The Schools.
1st Place High School: Trigg County HS Cadiz, Ky. (repeat from 2012)
1st Place Middle School: Caudill MS Richmond, Ky. (repeat from 2012)
1st Place Elementary School Woodlawn Elementary Chatsworth, Ga.
4th Grade Female Josey Phipps Morning View, Ky.
4th Grade Male Nate Wood Henderson, Ky.
5th Grade Female Elizabeth Vrana Lancaster, Ohio
5th Grade Male Spencer Bartlett Independence, Ky.
6th Grade Female Christa Murphy Richmond, Ky.
6th Grade Male Brandon Aldridge Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Middle School Female Riley Mabe Henderson, Ky.
Middle School Male Jake Bartlett Henderson, Ky.
High School Female Wendi Thomas Irvington, Ala. (repeat from 2012)
High School Male Josh Ohlert Bellevue, Iowa (tied NASP record of 298)
Over-all individual female archer with a score of 297 was Riley Mabe, 8th grade archer from Henderson County South Middle School in Henderson, Ky.
Over-all individual male archer with a score of 298 was Josh Ohlert, 12th grade archer from Bellevue Community School in Bellevue, Iowa
The future of archery looks for positive as evidenced by the participation level in the NASP programs. Schools interested in getting involved may contact National Archery in The Schools program (NASP) . www.nasparchery.com.