The Louisville, Kentucky’s Exposition Center was again the host location for the 9th Annual NASP® National tournament held on Friday and Saturday, May 11, 12, 2012 at . Friday morning the doors opened at 7:30 am to over 7,000 student archers and nearly 30,000 spectators.
Student athletes, visitors and volunteers traveled from across the country, representing 35 states extending to Alaska, to participate in this event; which set a new Guinness World Record for attendance.
The Easton Foundations and USA Archery co-hosted a booth at the event and witnessed first-hand the excitement and enthusiasm shared by all in attendance. Athletes and guests lined up to check out the Discover Archery booth and to receive autographs from USA Archery hopefuls, Joe Fanchin and Kristin Braun.
High School Freshman Tyler Finley from Maysville High School in Zanesville, OH (after winning a highly competitive shoot off) became the 2012 NASP® National overall male archer. The tournament’s top overall female archer of the tournament was High School Junior, Wendi Thomas from Alma Bryant High School in Irvington, AL.
First place teams in the Elementary, Middle, and High School Divisions were:
- Foley Intermediate School from Foley, Alabama
- Trigg County Middle School from Cadiz, Kentucky
- Trigg County High School from Cadiz, Kentucky
The hotly contested Spirit Awards for sportsmanship and enthusiasm went to: Michigan’s Hartland Elementary, Michigan’s Hartland Middle School, and Alabama’s Alma Bryant High School.
For complete tournament results visit: www.archeryintheschools.org
In previous years $14,000.00 in college scholarships have been awarded by conducting the scholarship shoot off. This year, thanks to the generosity of many NASP® Sponsors, those scholarships totaled $50,000.00.
Scholarship Award Winners
- $10,000 Tyler Finley — Maysville HS — Zanesville, OH
- $7,500 Ryan Long — Madison Central HS — Richmond, KY
- $5,000 Matt Wiglesworth — Harrison Co. HS– Cynthiana, KY
- $2,500 Conner Patterson — Lincoln Co. HS — Stanford, KY
- $10,000 Tymbrie Snobl — Alburnett Community School — Alburnett, Iowa
- $7,500 Wendi Thomas — Alma Bryant — Irvington, AL
- $5,000 Mary Aldridge — Bondurant MS — Frankfort, KY
- $2,500 Macy Robles — Harrison County MS — Cynthiana, KY
Alongside the tournament, exhibitors displayed their archery, outdoor, and “kid’s stuff” throughout the event. Several interactive shooting exhibits were also provided: Archery Golf, 3-D, Pop-Up Targets, Aerial Shooting, Bow Fishing, Recurve Range, and air rifle ranges by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the KY Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. For the first time ever, students who had completed an on-line Hunter Education course could come to the tournament and complete an air-rifle field course to receive their HE Certification, Free Hunting Licenses, and sign up for KDFWR’s mentored hunting program.
The 2012 NASP® World Tournament will be on held October 4-6, 2012 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports near Orlando, Florida. For more information go to: www.archeryintheschools.org news and events.