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NASP archers set records.

In May, 4,565 student archers gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the 2009 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) championship. This was the largest archery tournament in history. Between 9 a.m. on May 8 and 3 p.m. May 9, the participants, grades 4-12, launched 182,600 arrows into an 80-centimeter international target.

NASP is an in-school target archery program for grades 4-12, started in 21 Kentucky schools in March 2002. Expanding rapidly, NASP currently has 16,000 teachers in more than 5,000 schools in 46 states and five countries.


In the Championship Tournament, every student shot 10 practice and 30 scoring shots using identical equipment at identical targets from 10 and 15 meters. The highest possible individual score was 300, the highest possible team score 3,600. Every NASP team is required to contain boys and girls, and at the national tournament, 38 percent of participants were female.

In fact, Jessica Nystrom from Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan, tied Graham Cofield's world record with a score of 298. Eighth-grader Taylor Knott, from Stuart Pepper Middle School of Brandenburg, Kentucky, was the top overall male shooter with a 297. Henderson County High from Henderson, Kentucky, had the top team score with 3,435 points.

The top four male and top four female archers competed in a Scholarship Shoot-Off for $14,000 in college scholarships. The top scholarships of $2,500 went to Adrian Sprankle of Zanesville, Ohio, and Brandi Waters of Brandenburg, Kentucky.

NASP is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization. Many of these donors were present at the nationals, including medal-level sponsors Mathews, Inc., the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Targets, Field Logic, and Rinehart Targets.

All students who qualified for the 2009 Nationals are invited to attend the 1st Annual NASP World Tournament in Orlando, Florida, October 7-11, 2009. The 2010 NASP Nationals will take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, May 7-8, 2010. For complete information on NASP, visit
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Title Annotation:Bowhunter's Journal
Author:Schuh, Dwight
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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