Competing schools included Beaver High School, Beaver Middle School, Choconut Valley Elementary School, Grove City Christian Academy, Halifax High School, Laurel High School, Millersburg High School, Montrose High School, Montrose Middle School, New Brighton High School, New Castle Christian Academy, Pine Grove Area Middle School, Portersville High School, Sheffield High School, Sheffield Middle School, Tunkhannock High School and Tunkhannock Middle School.
In the elementary division, New Castle Christian Academy placed 24th out of 114 teams. In the middle school division, Beaver Middle School landed 67th place, Montrose Middle School earned 94th place and New Castle Christian Academy placed 119th out of a total 197 schools. Within the high school division, Beaver High School collected 90th place while Sheffield High School placed 160th out of a total of 164 schools competing.
Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said the students who competed and their schools can be proud of their performance.
“It takes a big commitment to compete even at the state level, and not everyone who qualifies for the national tournament is able to make the trip to Kentucky,” Hough said. “But we’re pleased Pennsylvania was so well represented at nationals, and extremely proud of our student archers.
“As the 2014 state tournament made abundantly clear, the National Archery in Schools Program continues to be a growing success in Pennsylvania, and it couldn’t happen without these students and the support of their parents, schools and instructors,” Hough said.
More than 1,000 students from 47 schools competed in the 2014 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament, held March 14 on the campus of Penn State University.
As a result of that tournament, over half of the state’s teams qualified for nationals.
The Game Commission in 2010 began coordinating Pennsylvania’s NASP, which helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum requirements of the state Department of Education, while at the same time introducing them to the world of competitive archery. Studies conducted by the national NASP organization demonstrate that NASP is a great introduction to the sport of archery, and that many students choose to pursue the sport outside of school.
Started in Kentucky in 2002, NASP has spread throughout the United States, and now is reaching millions of students around the world.
For more information on NASP, visit http://www.archeryintheschools.org. To get NASP started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Todd Holmes, at the Game Commission headquarters, at 717-787-4250. Also, Pennsylvania NASP can be found on Facebook by searching for “Penn NASP.”
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