Meigs County Archers Invited to the Statehouse
Students to be recognized as Ohio’s first National Archery Champions
ATHENS, OH – What started as two weeks of archery in gym class has culminated in a national title. Elementary school students from Meigs Intermediate School travel to Ohio’s State House today where they will be recognized and honored for their status as National Champions by State Representative Jimmy Stewart. Earlier this month, the team of student archers traveled to Kentucky to compete at the National Tournament for the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).
“We are all honored to have these students visit us today for this historic event. This is a memory these kids will have for the rest of their lives” said State Representative Jimmy Stewart. “This is something that all of Meigs County can be proud of. As a Meigs countian myself, I am very honored to be a part of this.”
Meigs Intermediate School’s elementary team scored 3,178 points (out of a possible 3600) to take the national title in the elementary school division at the 2008 NASP National Championship Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. The team's effort topped the performances of 31 other elementary schools from across the U.S.
“Past honorees of the General Assembly include the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes that won the National College Football Championship” commented Rusty Bookman, school principal and coach for the Meigs County champs. “This is an incredible honor for not only the students, but the coaches, parents, and supporters of this program.”
A total of 70 students from Meigs Schools competed in Kentucky, one team in each of the elementary, middle, and high school divisions. To qualify for the National tournament, teams competed in Ohio’s State Tournament held in February. The Meigs elementary team placed second at the State Tournament.
“Students attended after-school practice four times a week in preparation for Nationals.” commented Bookman. “We have more than 20 teachers and parent volunteers certified as NASP instructors that help with the after school program.” Before the students can join the after school program they must first complete the in school archery program which is taught as a portion of their physical education curriculum. To join Meigs’ archery team, students must also sign a code of conduct commitment and maintain good academic standing. There is room for 24 archers on the team, and the school has a waiting list of students eager to join.
This year’s National NASP tournament hosted nearly 3000 competitors from 24 states. Ohio sent 14 teams and 2 individual archers from 16 schools to the event. Thirteen Ohio students finished in the top 10 of their divisions in the individual archer competitions.