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The National Archery in Schools state tournament was held in April at Wausau West High School gymnasium. More than 1,250 students from 55 schools attended the event. / T'xer Zhon Kha/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

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MADISON — The 6th annual National Archery in the Schools World Tournament will take place in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center July 11 to 13. The event will showcase archers from all around the world and is open to the public.

The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school curriculum for students in grades four to twelve. A number of schools participating in the NASP program have created after school programs and archery teams in addition to their in-school archery program.

"While the National Archery in the Schools Program focuses on the process of shooting and shooting safely rather than the outcome or score of the arrow, the NASP tournaments offer participants in the program an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the sport," said Dan Schroeder, NASP coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which is serving as host for the world tournament.

Archers qualify for the NASP World Tournament based on their scores at the NASP national tournament. Archers and teams from countries outside of the United States follow a similar qualification process through their respective provincial and national tournaments. In 2014, archers are expected from Canada, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mongolia.

Competitive flight times are as follows:

Friday, July 11: 8 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 12: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 13: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is welcome as spectators for a fee of $5 per day for people 8 years old and up and parking of $6.50 per day. Food and beverage will be sold on site.

Last year, the NASP World Tournament was held in St. Louis, Mo. Participation from 2012 to 2013 increased by 134 percent -- 2,907 archers competed at the 2013 world tournament. Additional growth is expected in 2014.

Josh Ohlert and Riley Mabe, the overall male and female champions in 2013 respectively, scored the highest individual world tournament scores ever recorded by NASP at last year's world tournament.

Ohlert and Wendi Thomas, the male and female high school champions in 2013, have graduated and will not be defending their title in 2014. However, Mabe enters ninth grade this fall and will defend her title.

A pair of two-time defending world champion teams, Trigg County High School of Cadiz, Ky. and Caudill Middle School of Richmond Ky., will each try to achieve a third straight victory in 2014.

For more information regarding the National Archery in the Schools Program, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "NASP" or visit www.naspschools.org. For tournament information, visit www.nasptournaments.org.

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