Posted by: arbeam | January 24, 2015

South Kitsap sends four Marksmen to the Secretary of the Navy Regional Marksmanship Competition

2012 Navy JROTC Service Championship2015JROTC MarksmenSouth Kitsap NJROTC placed four cadets into the Navy Regional Marksman Competition being held in Phoenix Arizona 18-19 February. The four marksmen who advanced are female cadets — Danielle Corpuz, Breanna Emery, Jessica Hasel and Katelynne Croston, all juniors. All regional qualifiers advance to the National Competition in March.

The South Kitsap High School NJROTC Booster Club will host a series of fund raising events to help offset the cost of travel. “The girls are all planning to contribute,” Captain Schapler Battalion Commanding Officer said during a Jan. 9, school board meeting. “Last year they had to pay $500 each. We are trying to reduce that as much as possible.”

Please make out Donation Checks to“SKHS NJROTC” (Put “Marksmanship” on the “for” line)

Mail to:  South Kitsap High School ASB Office, SKHS Naval Science, 425 Mitchell Ave., Port Orchard, WA 98366 (Attn:  Captain Schapler)

In order to win the regional competition, the cadets have to compete against other student marksmen from across the nation, in three shooting positions. The rifles used in the competition are air rifles that fire 1.77 pellets. “These young ladies are deadly when armed with an air rifle,” Vickers said “Our girls have done well this year,” Schapler said.

Schapler said the team has a volunteer shooting coach — Jeff Phillips, whose daughter, Lauren, is currently on a full scholarship to the University of Nebraska.

Lauren Phillips, who is from Seabeck, captured titles at the Washington Junior Precision Air Rifle Championships and the 2013 Open Three-Position Air Rifle Sectional. She also was the Washington Girl’s Precision Junior Olympic Air Rifle champion for May 2013. “Lauren came out and instructed the girls one night,” Schapler noted.

Senior Chief Harold Vickers, Naval Science instructor, said the competition gives all cadets a chance to receive college scholarships.

“There are schools willing to give them full scholarships,” Vickers said. “And for us not to give a 100-percent effort to get them where they need to be to take advance of it, we would be remiss.”

Schapler noted the school district is supportive of the marksmanship program and he uses it as a feeder into the NJROTC. He said ninth graders can be part of the unit, but the American Legion is sponsoring seventh and eighth graders. “We can reach out to those seventh and eighth graders to let them come out and have a chance to shoot,” Schapler said.

 By Dannie Oliveaux, Port Orchard Independent




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