MoNASP student archers receive prestigious awards from NASP

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Billings R-IV School District and Rachael Ross from New Madrid County R-1 for receiving the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) On Target for Life awards.

Billings R-IV School District received the Community Service Award. The award is given to the school for its outstanding service in the community.

Eighth grader Rachael Ross from New Madrid County R-1 received the Courage Award. The award is given to a NASP student that has overcome a major life event or disability yet continues to inspire others through their participation in NASP.

“The On Target for Life awards are such an honor because they are nominated by the students and are submitted from all over the country,” MDC MoNASP Coordinator Eric Edwards said. “Rachael and the Billings MoNASP team truly exemplify what NASP is all about. I am very pleased to see both awards go to very deserving recipients.”

NASP All-American Academic Team

MDC congratulates the five Missouri student archers who were chosen to be on the NASP All-American Academic Team. The student archers chosen not only excelled on the range, but also were recognized by their school for proficiency in the classroom.

The five student archers include:

  • Koen Littlejohn from Lamar Elementary
  • Ally Nordell from Sarcoxie Middle School
  • Mariana Nelson from Carl Junction Middle School
  • Carter Hunget from Trinity Lutheran
  • Donald Holupka from Hillsboro High School

“When MDC started enrolling schools into MoNASP back in 2007, one of the things we told them was that this program would help their students in the classroom as well as on the range,” Edwards said. “I think the very strong showing of five academic all Americans coming from the Show-Me state proves that NASP is more than just an archery program, and that many of the lessons learned on the archery range translate to lessons inside the classroom.”

Missouri student archers participated through the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP), which is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Conservation in partnership with numerous schools and supporting organizations throughout the state. MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP and also promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity for students in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery. More than 185,000 Missouri students from 670 schools participate in MoNASP. To learn more, visit the MDC website at