The five member Navy JROTC Precision Air Rifle team from Marshall High School earned the title of Navy National Champions earlier this spring.
They won the title at the championships in Alabama hosted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), and qualified to compete against the five top high school teams from all service branches – Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines. At the All-Service National Championships at the end of March, the team finished second and even set a Navy-record in team score.
Success is that much sweeter as the team is one of the “new kids on the block” and bested powerhouse programs that have won championships before.
Competition involves shooting 20 shots each in three different positions from a distance of 10 meters – prone (lying down), kneeling, and standing up. Each bullseye earns 10 points, with 600 being the elusive perfect score. Air rifles weigh about 10 pounds each and students wear full shooting equipment.
Marshall High School has the only Naval JROTC program in Northside ISD. Clark, O’Connor, and Warren high schools compete as Air Force JROTC teams in air rifle.