Photo: Ally Nordell, an eighth grader at Sarcoxie Middle School, took top honors at the NASP All-Star Championship. She won overall female champion after placing first in the bull’s-eye competition and third in the 3D Challenge. Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
Ally Nordell, an eighth grader from Sarcoxie Middle School, and Donald Holupka, a sophomore from Hillsboro High School, were a part of the USA team that competed and won gold at the National Archery in the Schools Program All-Star Team Championship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 9-11.
Ally Nordell was named the overall female champion at the All-Star event. She placed first in the bull’s-eye competition and third in the 3D Challenge.
Both Nordell and Holupka participate in Missouri’s National Archer in the Schools Program, which is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Conservation in partnership with numerous schools and supporting organizations throughout the state.
The USA archery team dominated the All-Star Championship tournament by taking gold in both the bull’s-eye and 3D competitions. All-Star teams are comprised of top 16 NASP student archers from each country.
The countries that took part in this All-Star Championship Tournament were the United States, Canada, South Africa and Namibia.
Other students representing the United States included Dalton Hinkle (Kentucky), Cole Murphy (Kentucky), Caleb Thornton (Alabama), Holly Snow (Kentucky), Jerod Aycox (Oklahoma), Rachel Hatfield (Michigan), Mathew Harper (Ohio), Tashaun Moore (Pennsylvania), Justin Miller (Michigan), Joshua Smith (Kentucky), T. Sanchez (Kentucky), Matthew Monroe (Oklahoma), Paige Emig (Iowa), Cord Weaver (Georgia) and Dorothy Cobb (Texas).
“We are so proud of Ally and Donald for helping to bring home a gold medal for the USA All-Star team,” said Eric Edwards, Missouri Department of Conservation NASP coordinator. “To have two out of the 16 top archers in the USA come from Missouri is a testament as to how strong our school archery program is in the Show Me State!
“With Ally coming off her amazing national championship as the high overall female, it shouldn’t be a surprise that she did so well at this international competition. However, when you factor in the environment she had to compete in against four country’s all-stars, she showed up big time,” Edwards said.
“To shoot the scores of 294, 296, and 297 on the international stage as an eighth grader shows she has the potential to become a multiple time champion before her NASP career is over.”
MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP, and promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity for more than 198,000 Missouri students from 685 schools in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery. To learn more about MoNASP on MDC’s website.
NASP All-Star Championship information is available here.
Resources—Missouri Department of Conservation, National Archery in the Schools Program.