Delaney Fields, a fifth-grade student at Phelps County R-III School District, made one of the top scores during the fifth annual Missouri National Archery in the Schools (MoNASP) state tournament.

Fields placed fifth in the individual middle school females category during the event held March 22-23 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Fields qualifies for the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) national tournament, which will be held May 10–11 in Louisville, Ky.

The event drew 1,438 student archers in grades four through 12 from 74 schools across the state. More than 7,500 observers and supporters attended.

MoNASP is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri in partnership with 290 participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state.

MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP and promotes education, self-esteem and physical activity through the sport of archery to more than 63,000 participating Missouri students in grades four through 12.

“The growth of the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program has been tremendous over the past four years,” said MDC Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards, who coordinates MoNASP. “This surge has led students outdoors with their families to participate in this lifetime sport. Many local conservation groups and civic organizations are also volunteering to help support MoNASP in their communities. Students are connecting with family members, coaches and teachers through archery. This connection and confidence gained through archery will spread into other parts of their lives.”