Mattie Cleckler, of Chilton County High, receives $500 Scholarship during NASP State Championship in Montgomery – Elmore-Autauga News

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From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

2022 NASP Alabama State Championship Results

TOP PHOTO: Photo by Cody Eason, ADCNR – ADCNR Commissioner Chris Blankenship (left) and National Wild Turkey Federation State Chapter President Craig Scruggs (back row, right) with the Alma Bryant Hurricanes Archery Team who took first place in the high school division of the 2022 NASP Alabama State Championship.

Over the past year, thousands of student archers competed in regional tournaments throughout the state for a chance to draw their bows at the 2022 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Alabama State Championship in Montgomery on April 7-8.

During the event, more than 1,700 archers from 97 schools competed for top honors and the opportunity to advance to the NASP Eastern National Championship on May 12-14, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky. Of the teams that competed in the state tournament, 35 have registered to attend nationals.

This year, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division awarded $ 10,000 in scholarships to select top archers. The top overall female and male archers each received a $ 1,500 scholarship. First place high school female and male archers each received a $ 1,000 scholarship, second place high school female and male archers each received a $ 750 scholarship, and third place high school female and male archers each received a $ 500 scholarship.

“The Archery in the Schools Program teaches discipline, patience, and the life lessons required to be successful in both the classroom and at the archery range,” said Chris Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner. “Their determination and dedication to both archery and academics will serve these students well in other aspects of life.”

In addition to the top archers, five students randomly selected from a list of all registered Academic Archers who shot during the tournament were each awarded a $ 500 scholarship. Those students are:

Carson Starnes, Cullman High

Cody Butler, Fairview High

Mattie Cleckler, Chilton County High

Niko Menzel, Buckhorn High

Savannah Drake, Vinemont High

The scholarships are funded through NASP with matching dollars from the state tournament admission fee of $ 2 per person. In 2022, approximately 5,000 spectators attended the state championship.

This year’s state championship also saw a return to in-person competition after being canceled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

“I’m thrilled that the archers can once again compete in person at the state championship,” said Marisa Futral, NASP coordinator for the WFF. “Nothing compares to drawing your bow alongside other archers from across the state. Congrats to everyone who competed and good luck at nationals! ”

Scoring for the state tournament is based on Olympic-style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition is on team and individual levels. Perfect scores are 3,600 points for teams and 300 for individuals.

Top Scores in the 2022 Alabama NASP State Championship


FEMALE: Caroline Miller, Vinemont Middle, Score: 293

MALE: Forrest Calvert, Cullman High, Score: 296


Alma Bryant High, Score: 3,411

Buckhorn High, Score: 3,376

Vinemont High, Score: 3,353


Vinemont Middle, Score: 3,370

Cullman Middle, Score: 3,301

Causey Middle, Score: 3,287


East Elementary, Score: 3,076

Elsie Collier Elementary, Score: 2,953

St. Lukes Episcopal School, Score: 2,949


Alexis Sartin, Vinemont High, Score: 293

Brie Cassani, Buckhorn High, Score: 291

Kendra Case, West Point High, Score: 290


Forrest Calvert, Cullman High School, Score: 296

Will Bolzle, Cullman High, Score: 294

Chase Wilcox, Alma Bryant High, Score: 292


Caroline Miller, Vinemont Middle School, Score: 293

Maddie Seidel, Cullman Middle, Score: 289

Addison Holcomb, Vinemont Middle, Score: 288


Easton Cook, Saraland Middle, Score: 291

Brayden Clark, Cullman Middle, Score: 288

Jagger Lee, Vinemont Middle, Score: 286


Frances Mate, Excel Academics, Score: 276

Presley Latham, East Elementary, Score: 273

Stefany Garcia, Dixon Elementary, Score: 265


Briggs Renfroe, Castlen Elementary, Score: 278

Gunnar Couch, Breitling Elementary, Score: 269

Mason Branch, Dawes Intermediate, Score: 268

Complete results for the 2022 NASP Alabama State Championship are available at To view photos from the event, visit ADCNR’s Flickr at

Alabama’s archery program is coordinated by WFF through partnerships with various schools and supporting organizations in the state. Alabama NASP is an affiliate of the national program and promotes discipline, self-esteem and life skills for students in grades 4-12.

To learn more about Alabama NASP, contact WFF Regional Hunter Education Coordinator Michael Bloxom at (334) 242-3868 or [email protected]

ADCNR promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit

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