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Sarcoxie eighth grader takes top honors at NASP All Star Championship

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – MoNASP student archer Ally Nordell, an eighth grader from Sarcoxie Middle School, and MoNASP student archer Donald Holupka, a sophomore from Hillsboro High School, were a part of the USA team that competed and won gold at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) All-Star Team Championship in Alberta, Canada July 9-11.

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

The USA archery team dominated the All-Star Championship tournament by taking gold in both the bullseye and 3D competitions. All-Star teams are comprised of top 16 NASP student archers from each country. There were four countries that took part in this All-Star Championship Tournament: USA, Canada, South Africa, and Namibia.

“We are so proud of Ally and Donald for helping to bring home a gold medal for the USA All-Star team,”MDC MoNASP Coordinator Eric Edwards said. “To have two out of the 16 top archers in the USA come from Missouri is a testament as to how strong our school archery program is in the Show Me State!”

Sarcoxie Middle Schooler Ally Nordell was the overall female champion at the All-Star event. Nordell placed first in the bullseye competition and third in the 3D Challenge making her the overall female champion.

“With Ally coming off her amazing national championship as the high overall female, it shouldn’t be a surprise that she did so well at this international competition. However, when you factor in the environment she had to compete in against four country’s all-stars, she showed up big time,” Edwards said. “To shoot the scores of 294, 296, and 297 on the international stage as an eighth grader shows she has the potential to become a multiple time champion before her NASP career is over.”

MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP, and promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity for more than 198,000 Missouri students from 685 schools in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery. Learn more about MoNASP on MDC’s website at mdc.mo.gov/monasp.