Contact(s): Daniel Schroeder, DNR Archery Education Program Administrator, Daniel.Schroeder@wisconsin.gov, 920-740 - 7528 or 608-235 - 4619
MADISON -- A Wisconsin youth archer from Cadott placed third at the June 7 - 9 National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament at Louisville, Ky., where he also became the first state student to win $10,000 for post-high school education at the awards ceremony.
Kaden Christianson was among the 4,967 student archers from 358 schools who competed at the 10th annual world tournament in the nation's bluegrass state. Event organizers say more than 10,000 spectators also attended the student competitors.
Christianson shot a 296 for the bronze position, and went on to compete in the scholarship shoot-off at the awards ceremony. Christianson faced 8 other high school archers from across the country. To date, NASP® has awarded $1.6 million dollars in cash scholarships to NASP® students to use for any post-high school education of their choosing
Since its start in 2002, the National Archery in the School's Program (NASP®) has been hosting its eastern national tournaments in Louisville, and for the first time hosted the world competition World Tournament. Competitors are in elementary, middle and high school divisions.
Wisconsin's student archers have had a strong year. The state sent a delegation of 308 competitors from 26 schools to the recent NASP national tournament in Louisville, Ky., in early May. The Wisconsin delegation joined 14,139 archers from 889 schools representing 34 states. The Wisconsin competitors who made the trip to nationals qualified at the state tournament held in Wisconsin Dells March 31-April 1.
NASP recently released the results for the Academic Archer winners, which included 582 Wisconsin archers. Of those 582 state archers, four qualified for the Academic All-star team. These archers maintain an above-average grade point average for the school year. The award is sponsored by NASP and Easton Archery products.
To learn more about the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) or other youth archery programs and opportunities please feel free to contact Dan Schroeder, Wisconsin DNR Archery Education Administrator or search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword NASP.