Tenth annual Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament sends hundreds to nationals

The tenth annual Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) state tournament held Friday March 23 through Saturday, March 24 in Branson drew 3,132 student archers in fourth through twelfth grades from a record-setting 140 schools across the state.

Winning teams and individuals, along with other teams and individuals who had qualifying scores, will go on to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament from Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12 in Louisville, Ky.

MDC’s Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards, who coordinates MoNASP, said this year’s tournament was the largest one ever.

“To put the size of the state tournament in perspective, if you laid every arrow end-to-end that was shot at the tournament, they would stretch 111 miles,” Edwards said.

MoNASP is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri in partnership with 670 participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state. More than 185,000 Missouri students in fourth through twelfth grades participate in MoNASP.

“The growth of the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program has been tremendous over the past couple years and this surge has led students outdoors with their families to participate in this lifetime sport,” said Edwards. “Many local conservation groups and civic organizations are also volunteering to help support MoNASP in their communities. Students are connecting with family members, coaches and teachers through archery. This connection and confidence gained through archery will spread into other parts of their lives.”

Edwards said this year’s MoNASP state archery tournament, hosted by MDC and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, drew more than 10,000 spectators.

For more information on MoNASP, visit mdc.mo.gov/monasp.