Minnesota youth takes top spot in national archery competition
Minnesota archers had a strong showing in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Nationals, May 12-14, in Louisville, Kentucky.
For the first time, a Minnesotan was a first place finisher. Rowen McAllister of St. Croix Preparatory Academy in Stillwater finished first out of 2004 high school girls and received
a limited edition Genesis Bow, a large trophy and $20,000 scholarship as a reward.
“We’re proud of not only Rowen, but all the 241 competitors who traveled to represent Minnesota at nationals,” said Kraig Kiger, shooting sports education specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Archery is a great sport and can lead to a lifelong interest in shooting and the outdoors.”
Also earning top honors were Noah Cagle of Robert J. Elkington Middle School in Grand Rapids (5th out of 2,625 middle school boys); Anna Whitcomb of Princeton High School in Princeton (3rd in the 3D shoot); Hope Williams of Princeton High (second out of 1,697 elementary school girls); and Emma Juetten of Milaca Elementary School in Milaca (5th out of 1,697 elementary school girls). Each year students qualify at the state-level NASP competition.
In the state archery tournament in April, nearly 1,400 youth from 72 schools participated, and they represented only a fraction of the nearly 200,000 students in Minnesota who participate in Archery in the Schools programs. McAllister was the top female archer and Cagle was the top male archer at the state tournament.
In the schools, NASP aims to train teachers and provide students with the best equipment, training and curriculum available for the lowest price. Most schools with archery programs hold activities during the school day, but about 10 percent have an additional after-school archery program that develops into a competitive team.
Through the DNR, schools can receive grant money for archery programs. Learn more at www.mndnr.gov/grants/epr/archery.