North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials have confirmed that students from across the state will congregate for the first time since February 2020 at the North Carolina National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament in Winston -Salem, February 25 and 26. More than 750 students from 30 schools will compete in primary, intermediate and secondary divisions.
“In 2021, the pandemic forced the Wildlife Commission to hold a virtual event, which was successful but did not have the same feel as the two-day in-person competition the program had enjoyed in the past,” said said a press release. of the NCWRC.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the state competition at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds,” said Lee Scripture, NCWRC archery education coordinator. “The NASP Tournament provides an opportunity for students to compete as a team and as individuals and show off their hard work and improvement. It’s the next generation of shooting sports at its best.
Tickets to watch the competition are $5 and the public is welcome to attend. Prizes will be awarded to the top three schools in each division and to the top three men and top three women in each division. The top finishers will move on to the national championships to be held in Louisville, Kentucky in May.
North Carolina star Natalie Bell will defend her national title as the top individual woman overall. Bell, a middle school student at East Burke Middle School in Connelly Springs, scored a near-perfect 298 out of 300 at the 2021 national tournament, outscoring 7,306 other women in all divisions.
“The most exciting thing about participating in NASP is the thrill of the competition and the friends you make and reconnect with at every event,” Bell said. Clint Bell, her father and former wildlife law enforcement officer, added: “NASP has provided opportunities we never imagined for Natalie. His mother and I are happy to see the sport growing across the state and providing new positive opportunities for young people.
the National School Archery Program teaches and promotes International Style Target Archery as part of a school program to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports among students in grades 4-12. For more information or to find out how to participate, visit naspschools.org or email [email protected].
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