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Georgia School Archery Team Aims for the Top

Woodlawn Elementary School continues to fill up the trophy case!

The archery team from this Chatsworth school captured its second world title over the weekend, winning the elementary division at the recent National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis with a record score of 3,320.

More than 2,900 student archers participated at the world tournament after posting qualifying scores at the NASP National Tournament held this past May.

Woodlawn Elementary won the elementary title at Nationals last month with a score of 3,300, the highest posted score by an elementary team at the national tournament. Woodlawn won its first national championship in 2011 in Kentucky after winning the world champion title in 2010. They are reportedly the first program in the country to win a state, national and world championship in the same year.

Four members from Woodlawn’s award-winning archery team won individual medals at the 2013 world competition: Braxton Bates (287, second place male-sixth grade), Luke Headrick (280, fourth place male-fourth grade), Ella Lance (279, second place female-fourth grade) and Alyssa Laviana (282, fourth place female-sixth grade).

Woodlawn was one of three Murray County schools to compete as a team (16-24 shooters) in St. Louis along with Bagley Middle School and North Murray High School. A total of five schools from Georgia competed at this world competition.

The NASP in Georgia is coordinated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. More than 1,800 archers from Georgia schools competed in regional and state tournaments this year in their quest for a shot at national and world tournaments.


NASP is an in-school archery curriculum that meets all education department standards. Only 4th-12th grade schools that are certified in NASP through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are qualified to compete in sanctioned tournaments. Schools in more than 100 counties in Georgia are NASP certified.

The program promotes instruction in international-style target archery to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports. Research has shown that the program, administered through a minimum two-week course during the school year, improves class attendance and behavior. NASP universal fit bows make it possible for students of all sizes and genders to succeed in archery while raising self-esteem levels and improving hand-eye coordination during physical activity.

NASP is taught in 47 states and 10 countries. To date, more than 12 million students have gone through the program, including more than 2 million students annually.

For more information on NASP in Georgia, recreational shooting sports opportunities or to find a range near you, visit or call (770) 918-6416.