2012 NASP State Championship Winners Announced

Alabama’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship was held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham. More than 1,200 students from across the state, grades three 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:
FEMALE: Wendi Thomas, Alma Bryant High School, Irvington, Ala.
MALE: Tyler Williams, Alma Bryant High School, Irvington, Ala.
1. Foley Intermediate School, Foley, Ala.
2. New Market Elementary School, New Market, Ala.
3. Susan Moore Elementary School, Blountsville, Ala.
1. Ashville Middle School, Ashville, Ala.
2. Buckhorn Middle School New Market, Ala.
3. Grand Bay Middle School, Grand Bay, Ala.
1. Alma Bryant High School, Irvington, Ala.
2. Ashville High School, Ashville, Ala.
3. Saraland High School, Saraland, Ala.
When the shooting was over on April 5, nine middle schools, 12 elementary, and 15 high school teams from Alabama earned a berth in the NASP National Tournament on May 11-12, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky. Complete results for the 2012 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. NASP instills discipline, concentration, and participants learn a life skill as part of a school’s physical education course or 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 Futral, NASP program coordinator for the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, this event is the culmination of five regional qualifying events. “We had to create regional events two years ago because we ran out of room at the state championship and we wanted to give every child a chance to compete,” Futral said. “More than 2,000 youth shot in regionals this year and 1,200 of those shot here at the state championship, making this the largest youth archery competition in Alabama. Archery is a sport that these kids can participate in for the rest of their lives, not just during their school years.  I’m thrilled to see this many youth excited about archery.”
The event could not be possible without the generous sponsorships of the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Manufacturing, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, and the Alabama Wildlife Federation. 
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. 
To download photos of the event visit the ADCNR Flickr page, here.