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DEC hosts 14th annual national archery in the schools tournament

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently hosted the 14th annual state archery tournament for New York schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®). Twenty-two schools from 16 counties participated in the 2022 tournament held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

“In-person again for the first time in three years, DEC hosted the annual National Archery in the Schools Tournament last week, giving participating students the opportunity to show off their archery skills and meet peers from across New York,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “The National Archery in the Schools Program is a great way to engage young people in outdoor activities and inspire them to stick with the sport of archery for a lifetime.”

New York students participating in National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) compete in DEC’s State tournament in Syracuse


A total of 407 students competed from their home schools in one of three divisions: high school (grades 9-12); middle school (grades 6-8); and elementary school (grades 4-5). Anthony Marino from St. Joseph by the Sea in Richmond County had the top overall score and placed first among male archers in the High School Division with a score of 292 out of 300 possible points. Gabryelle Dezalia from Schroon Lake Central School in Essex County was the top overall female archer, earning first place in the High School Division with a score of 278. Both winners will receive a trophy and a New York Champion Genesis bow and bow case. Awards were also given in each of the three divisions for first through tenth places.

Taking aim – students from schools across New York State compete in DEC’s 14th annual State archery tournament as part of the National Archery in the Schools Program

St. Joseph by the Sea in Richmond County was the first-place team in the High School Division for the 8th year in a row. The first-place team in the Middle School and Elementary School Division was Arkport Central School in Steuben County. For the full list of tournament results, visit the tournament website.

Bullseye! A New York student shows off her skills at DEC’s 14th annual State archery tournament in Syracuse as part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®)


NASP® is hosting the U.S. National Tournament in Louisville, KY, from May 12 through 14.

For more information on how schools can become involved in NASP in New York, visit DEC’s website. To learn more about NASP, visit the NASP website.

For additional photos of the event, check out our Flickr album – https://www.flickr.com/photos/nysdec/albums/72177720297537062

NOTE: Photos courtesy of NYSDEC



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