4/28/2009 12:00 AM
04/27/09 Four hundred and thirty-eight Ohio elementary, middle, and high school students will participate in the May 8 and 9 National Archery in the Schools Program Championships
Nineteen Youth Teams to Represent Ohio at 2009 Archery Championships
Largest archery tournament ever held
COLUMBUS, OH - Four hundred and thirty-eight Ohio elementary, middle, and high school students, encompassing 19 teams, will participate in the May 8 and 9 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
Approximately 4,800 students from across the nation will compete, making it the largest youth archery tournament in North America. Ohio is second only to Kentucky in the number of students participating in the national competition.
"The level of participation and professionalism that our students bring to this event says a great deal about the strength of Ohio's National Archery in the Schools Program, as well as the strength and dedication of the schools, coaches, students, administrators, parents, and volunteers who support it," said Kevin Dixon, shooting sports coordinator for the Division of Wildlife. "Every one of them has earned the right to represent a school and Ohio in this event and it's a responsibility they can be proud of."
School teams and individuals earn the right to participate in the national event by winning their division or by achieving a minimum qualifying score in their respective state competitions.
Kentucky originated the NASP in 2002. Ohio has participated in the program since 2004. NASP is in 46 states, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
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Editors note: Following is a list of Ohio schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Tournament:
High School Teams
State Champion Maysville 6-12 High School, Muskingum County
Meigs High School, Meigs County
Logan-Hocking High School, Hocking County
Patrick Henry High School, Henry County
Anna High School, Shelby County
Troy High School, Miami County
Tri-Valley High School, Muskingum County
Fairview High School, Defiance County
Morgan High School, Morgan County
Put-in-Bay High School, Ottawa County
Middle School Teams
State Champion Maysville 6-12 Middle School, Muskingum County
Meigs Middle School, Meigs County
Logan-Hocking Middle School, Hocking County
Philo Junior High School, Muskingum County
Troy Junior High School, Miami County
Fairview Middle School, Defiance County
Elementary School Teams
State Champion Meigs Elementary, Meigs County
Maysville Elementary, Muskingum County
Logan Hocking Elementary, Hocking County
For further information, contact:
Kevin Dixon, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614. 265. 6334
Eric Postell, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614. 265. 6322
Beth Ruth, ODNR Media Relations
614. 265. 6860