Benton Middle School Wins National School Archery Program National Championship

Savannah O’Donohue of Benton Middle School won the Women’s Individual National Championship.

Competitors in a Louisiana school archery tournament.

Benton Middle School’s Savannah O’Donohue won the women’s individual national championship and led her school to the college national title at the 2022 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Bullseye Tournament in Louisville, Ky., earlier this month .

O’Donohue’s score of 295 was the highest among competitors in any division, which included 5,352 archers. Charli Long of Benton Middle School was the national finalist at O’Donohue. She also scored 295, but scored under 10 (25) to O’Donohue’s 26. Benton Middle scored 3,407 to win the tag team title.

Benton Middle School is part of the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. ALAS participates in NASP, which introduces students in grades 4-12 to international target archery. The program is designed to be taught as part of the school’s curriculum, such as the school’s physical education program. Many schools involved in ALAS also develop after-school programs and archery clubs.

Benton Intermediate School finished second in the National Tournament Elementary Division with Stockwell Place Elementary ninth. Kylee Ducote was sixth (284) and Finnley George of Benton Intermediate at 10e (281).

Benton Middle also won the National 3D Challenge Event with a score of 1,708. Calvary Baptist’s Jewel Blakey won the Individual Women’s 3D Championship with a score of 292. Blakey finished 10e in the bullseye division (291). Madison Hammersla of Benton Middle finished third (291).

Benton Intermediate finished second in the 3D Elementary Division (1,591) and Stockwell Place Elementary (1,550) finished eighth. Nathan White of Stockwell Place was ninth in the boys’ 3D Elementary division (273) and Juliana Londono of Benton Intermediate was ninth in the girls (269).

Jacob Robertson of Tioga High finished ninth in the high school division (294).

Six competitors from Louisiana have been named to the 2022 NASP USA Academic Team, including Kylee Ducote of Stockwell Place Elementary, Finnley George of Benton Intermediate School, Savannah O’Donohue, Charli Long and Madison Hammersla of Benton Middle School, and Jewel Blakey of Calvary Baptist.

Four Louisiana archers won $500 scholarships, including Chloe Brown from Tioga Junior High, Cruise Morvan from Elm Grove Elementary, Landon Michiels from Tioga High and Zaiden Gruehl from JI Barron Elementary.

At the Bullseyes State Tournament held in March in Shreveport, Tioga High won the high school division, Benton Middle the middle school division, and Benton Intermediate the elementary school division. Zoe Bayne of Haughton Middle was the top female competitor with a score of 291 and Luke Ward of Pineville High the top male archer (297).

At the 3D State Tournament held in February in Alexandria, Benton High won the high school division, Benton Middle the middle school division, and Benton Intermediate the elementary school division. Zoe Bayne of Haughton Middle was the top female competitor with a score of 294 and Jacob Robertson of Tioga High the top male competitor (288).

Louisiana Schools Archery awarded $20,500 in scholarships between the Bullseye and 3D state tournaments. For a complete list of scores for all tournaments, go to https://nasptournaments.org/Default.aspx.

“Archery is a great way to engage students in a lifelong sport, school program and outdoors,” said Chad Moore of the LDWF, who coordinates the ALAS program. “ALAS seeks to inspire confidence in students through the focus and discipline that archery requires. Statistically, students involved in an archery program in schools work harder in class and feel more connected to their school. These programs involve both boys and girls.”

For more information about the program or to start archery at your school, contact Chad Moore at 318-230-4352 or [email protected]

Earnest A. Martinez