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More Than 1,000 Youth to Compete in Illinois State Archery Tournament March 24 and 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Ed Cross
217-557-1240
More Than 1,000 Youth to Compete in Illinois State Archery Tournament March 24 and 25
Top Finishers will Advance to National Tournament
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Participation remains strong as 1,120 archers from 38 schools have registered to compete. Participation in the State Tournament has climbed steadily from 400 in 2012 to 1,120 this year.

The first shooting flight begins at 8 a.m. and the last flight will conclude at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented after the conclusion of the last flight. Top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament to be held May 11-13 in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I want to wish all of the schools and competitors that are competing in this year’s Illinois State Tournament the very best of luck,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “I am very pleased and encouraged to see such strong interest in this important program. I encourage everyone to come out to the fairgrounds to watch these talented and disciplined student-athletes in action.”

Students will compete in three divisions, including Elementary (Grades 4-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). Members of the Illinois Archery Association provide volunteer support for the event. Last year’s state champions were Schlarman Academy of Danville (Grades 9-12), Jefferson Middle School of Champaign (Grades 6-8), and Canton Ingersoll (Grades 4-5).

NASP is a nationally acclaimed youth archery program that implements a curriculum-based archery education program into the public/private school system through the physical education department. The program started in Kentucky in 2002 and has expanded to include thousands of participating schools in five countries. Illinois was one of the first 10 states registered in the program.

Visit the IDNR YouTube Channel for a video of a past Illinois State Archery Tournament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poI8UYMqQn8
 
Qualifying schools include:

Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire
Armstrong Potomac Schools
Athens High School
Canton High School
Canton Ingersoll Middle School
Centennial High School, Champaign
Central High School, Champaign
Cuba High School
Danville High School
East Dubuque High School
Ewing Grade School
Foreman High School, Chicago
Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School
Georgetown-Ridge Farm Middle School
Georgetown-Ridge Farm Elementary School
Highland Middle School
Hubbard High School, Chicago
Jefferson Middle School, Champaign
Lewistown
Lindblom, Chicago
Metamora St. Mary’s
Metamora Township High School
Next Generation School, Champaign
Oswego High School
Phoenix Military Academy, Chicago
Pinckneyville High School
Pinckneyville Junior High School
Riverton High School
Roberto Clemente High School, Chicago
Schlarman Academy, Danville
Schurz High School Jr. ROTC, Chicago
St. Bruno, Pinckneyville
St. John’s Lutheran School, Mattoon
Team Orion (Homeschool Group, Southwest Illinois)
Tremont High School
University Laboratory High School, Urbana
Washington Middle School, Springfield
Woodruff Career and Technical Center, Peoria
 
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