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Missouri student archers score big in NASP tournament

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates the 961 Missouri student archers from 52 schools who competed in the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) Eastern National Tournament and NASP International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) 3D Challenge held May 10-12 in Louisville, Ky. More than 14,100 student archers in grades 4-12 from 896 schools competed.

Missouri student archers participated through the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP), which is coordinated through MDC in partnership with numerous schools and supporting organizations throughout the state. MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP.

Eastern National Tournament Individual Scores
Eighth grader Ally Nordell from Sarcoxie Middle School was named over all female champion in this year’s Eastern NASP National Tournament. Nordell’s finale score was 298 out of 300.

“I am so happy for Ally to become Missouri’s first over-all national champion as an individual and to be able to out shoot 6,688 other female archers is quite an achievement. She’s only in eighth grade, so she has four more years to compete in NASP,” MDC MoNASP Coordinator Eric Edwards said. “Ally has posted good scores all season taking second in our state tournament in March. I was happy to see her shoot her best on the biggest stage.”

Sophomore Trenton Meyer from Carthage High School took second place overall in the male division. Meyer shot an impressive score of 298 out of 300. Sophomore Donald Holupka from Hillsboro High School wasn’t far behind by taking third place overall in the male division. Holupka shot a score of 297 out of 300.

Fifth grader Koen Littlejohn from Lamar Elementary shot a score of 285 out of 300 to take seventh place in the elementary male division. Junior Ivy Walton from Carl Junction High School shot a score of 294 out of 300 to take eighth place in the high school females division.

“I am pleased and pleasantly surprised to see all the final scores,” Edwards said. “I think we have built a competitive program here in Missouri that the other states are going to have to watch out for when we compete on a national level.”

Team Scores
Missouri’s Hillsboro High School took seventh place and Carthage High School took ninth place in the high school division this year. Carl Junction Middle School took tenth place in the middle school division with a score of 3,359 out of 3,600.

George Guffey Elementary School turned in an impressive score of 3,192 out of 3,600 to take fifth place in the elementary school division.

“I am so proud of all the teams that travel and compete in the national tournament. It takes a lot of dedication not only from the archers, but the coaches, parents, and school as well,” Edwards said.

For a full listing of scores from the NASP National Tournament, go to https://bit.ly/2rHV87d.

Eastern NASP IBO 3D Challenge
Many Missouri schools placed well in the NASP IBO 3D Challenge. Carl Junction High School, Carthage High School, and Sarcoxie High School took fifth, sixth, and seventh place in the high school team division. Lee Summit West High School rounded up the top ten teams in the high school team division.

Carl Junction Middle School took eighth place and St. Stanislaus took ninth place in the middle school division. Lamar Elementary also finished in the top ten in the elementary team division. Lamar Elementary took eighth place in the team division.

More than 4,400 student archers competed in the Eastern NASP IBO 3D Challenge, and many Missouri archers were among the top of their division. Sophomore Grant Fagg from Carthage High School tied for seventh place with several boys in the high school male division. One of those boys was freshman Donald Holupka from Hillsboro High School. Both boys shot a 294 out of 300.

Fifth grader Chris Lara from Sarcoxie Elementary School took fourth place with a score of 286 out of 300 in the elementary male division. Fourth grader Lauren Brooks from Sarcoxie Elementary School took tenth place in the elementary female division with a score of 274 out of 300. Final scores from the NASP IBO 3D Challenge are available at https://bit.ly/2k22JJz.

“Overall Missouri archers came out and competed very well against the best NASP archers from all over the country, I am very impressed with all of the trophies that are coming back to the Show Me State!” Edwards said.

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.

More than 185,000 Missouri students from 670 schools participate in MoNASP.