Indiana schools took two of the three team titles at the 2019 National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern Nationals in Louisville, May 9-11, where more than 15,000 students participated.
Indiana schools and students brought home awards not only in Bullseye, but also in the NASP/IBO 3D Challenge, Centershot Bullseye and Centershot 3D tournaments. To date this is the strongest finish Indiana has accomplished at any NASP® National Tournament. A total of 110 Indiana schools were represented at the national level in the Bullseye Tournament, 32 in the NASP/IBO 3D Challenge, eight in the Centershot Bullseye, and two in the Centershot 3D tournament.
Castle High School of Newburgh won the High School Division for the second consecutive year, shooting a tournament-series-record 3,480 out of a possible 3,600. For their efforts, each of the 24 students on the Castle team will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education after high school.
Reitz Memorial High School of Evansville placed fourth in Centershot Bullseye.
Hayden Elementary School of Hayden won the Elementary School Division, shooting 3,229 out the possible 3,600. Each of the students on the Hayden team will receive a $500 scholarship.
Castle’s Ashlie Garrison received the highest individual awards among females, shooting 298 out of a possible 300 to claim the Top Overall Female award, as well as being named the Top High School Female Academic Archer. She will compete for cash scholarships at the NASP® Open/Champion NASP® Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, July 25-27, along with many Indiana schools.
The highest scholarship available at that tournament is $20,000, an amount that will be awarded to one female and one male archer. Overall, NASP® will award $113,000 in scholarships this year.
NASP® is a joint venture between school corporations throughout Indiana and the DNR. NASP® provides international target archery training in Indiana’s physical education classes as well as other classes for grades 4-12. NASP® supports student education and introduces many life skills through archery.
Tournament competition is open only to schools that have received the archery training provided by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement and include the archery program as a part of their curriculum. More than 500 Indiana schools participate in NASP®.
The program is supported and often funded through local school corporations, the Indiana Hunter Education Association, individual donations, conservation organizations, and corporate sponsors such as the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Other individuals who posted top five finishes in Louisville:
Elementary Bullseye: 3rd Place Elementary School Female, Brooke Nolan, Hayden Elementary, Hayden; 5th Place Elementary School Female, Allison Golba, St. Benedict’s Cathedral, Evansville.
Middle School Bullseye: 4th Place Middle School Male – 2-Way Tie, Aron Spencer, Jennings County Middle School, North Vernon and Jaden Houzanme, Tell City Jr. High School, Tell City.
NASP/IBO 3D Challenge Elementary: 2nd Place Elementary School Male, Daegan Schafer, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Princeton.
NASP/IBO 3D Challenge Elementary: 4th Place Middle School Male: Jason Tillison, Jr., Scottsburg Middle School, Scottsburg.
NASP/IBO 3D Challenge Elementary: 5th Place High School Male: Ashton Probus, Castle High School, Newburgh 294 / 300
Centershot Middle School Bullseye: 5th place High School Female: Cassidy Skinner, Whitko Junior Senior High School, South Whitley.
Centershot Middle School 3D: 1st Place Middle School Female: Cassidy Skinner, Whitko Junior Senior High School, South Whitley; 4th Place Middle School Female: Isabella Hughes, Whitko Junior Senior High School, South Whitley.