Bulletin Staff Report
Brownwood Middle School added a new sport to its arsenal earlier this week as the first National Archery in School Program (NASP) tournament took place on Wednesday.
The NASP began in 2002 with a pilot of 22 Kentucky schools. The three-year goal of the program was to get 100 schools throughout the nation involved. That objective was achieved in only one year. As of a year ago, 3,751 schools across 42 states were teaching NASP in their physical education programs.
Texas began the program in 2004 and by January of 2006 there were 222 trained educators. Among those are Brownwood Middle School coach Judy Kennedy and coach Brandon Brown also of the Brownwood Intermediate School. The two instructors taught the program all year as part of their PE curriculum. The students’ enjoyment of archery led to the tournament that was held earlier in the week.
Twenty students from Kennedy’s seventh and eighth grade classes competed against 20 students from Brown’s sixth grade class.
The coaches were aided in putting the tournament together by local resident and professional archer Rhonda Calhoun, along with her husband Mark. Archery coach Gene Curry, along with volunteers Jimmy Mitchell, Jimmy Fisher, John Waldon and Edward Yantis, also helped organize the event. Each student fired 15 arrows at a target 10 meters away. The two students that tallied the highest score in each grade were awarded medals. The winning school was awarded a trophy and all 40 students left with certificates of achievement.
The intermediate school won the team championship with a total of 2,088 points. Listed are the top four individual point totals from each grade:
• Sixth grade: Kye Healer, 129; Dylan Lewis, 126; Bradley Durand, 125; Kyle Steel, 120.
• Seventh grade: Raven Craine, 132; Ruben Villarreal, 121; Mario Vela, 115; A.J. Bean, 100.
• Eighth grade: Edmond Nunez, 134; Jeff Jackson, 119; Dora Reeves, 119; Troy Eaton, 118.
“The goal is not just to compete, but for the kids to connect in an activity for success that teaches them about safety, respect, discipline and character development, along with gaining self esteem and confidence within themselves,” Rhonda Calhoun said. “We’re looking for a higher level of participation with local schools to get this great sport recognized and started in schools.”