MISSOURI (news release) — Missouri schools were top notch during the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) National Tournament held May 11, 2017 through May 13, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Over 14,490 student archers grades 4-12 participated, 857 of which were Missouri students. According to a news release, Sarcoxie High School was crowned national champions. Sarcoxie High is the smallest school to have ever won the national championship with a score of 3,465 out of 3,600.
Five out of the top ten teams in the high school division were from Missouri. The high schools competed against 248 other teams.
- Sarcoxie High School — First place
- Hillsboro High School — Sixth place
- Carl Junction High School — Seventh place
- Lee’s Summit West High School — Eight place
- Carthage High School — Ninth place
“To have five schools in the top ten is something that hasn’t been done in a while,” said Eric Edwards, MDC’s MoNASP Coordinator. “I think the only other state to do that is Kentucky, which is where NASP originally started.”
The news release also stated, George Guffey Elementary took fifth place in the elementary division.
NASP promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity for students in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery. Since NASP’s beginnings in 2002, more than ten million students have participated in the program through 10,000 schools in 47 states and 10 countries. Missouri students participate through Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP). To learn more, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website.