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Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov

Sept. 29, 2009

Texas students to compete in National Archery in Schools Program world tournament

AUSTIN, Texas — Twelve Texas students from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sherman will be attending the first National Archery in the Schools Program World Archery Tournament at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 8-11.

The students, grades 4-12, also attended the NASP National Championship tournament May 8 and 9 in Louisville, Kentucky, an event which shattered the world record for largest archery tournament, drawing 4,565 students on teams from 35 U.S. states from Alaska to New Jersey, as well as a team from Canada. Altogether, participants in the national tournament shot off more than 182,600 arrows.

The St. Mary’s Catholic school team is made up of Collin Adami, Bryson Buckner, Mary Claire Cogbill, Hannah Cornelison, Sarah Ennis, Lauren Khoury, Emily Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Maniet, Nick Pena, Jordyn Wedell, Dalton Wieck and Coaches Nathan Wieck and Bill Cogbill.

Disney World has provided a special NASP World Tournament Package for participants, families and fans, which includes include lodging and tickets to Disney theme parks.

NASP has invited students from United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa to compete in the world tournament, and expects as many as 2,000 students to attend.

NASP archery is a co-gender discipline in which all teams are made up of both boys and girls. The organization is a non-profit funded by donor support.

The in-school target archery program started in 21 Kentucky schools on March 3, 2002 with the mission of teaching target archery skills to students in grades 4-12 as part of their in-school curriculum. The rapidly expanding program is currently taught by nearly 16,000 teachers in more than 5,000 schools across 46 U.S. states and five countries. Archery is ranked safer than every ball sport taught in schools except table tennis.

The 2010 NASP national tournament will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7-8.

For information about the Texas-National Archery In The Schools program, contact Burnie Kessner with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at burnie.kessner@tpwd.texas.gov or (979) 862-7341, or see the TPWD archery in the schools Web page.

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