FHS NJROTC Air Rifle Marksmanship Team Honored at Freeport City Hall

Freeport, Illinois — The Freeport High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Air Rifle Marksmanship team was recently honored by the Mayor of Freeport and Freeport City Council members. Considering the high school students recent accomplishments in the community, in advancing their education and in their top finishes in air rifle championships, it’s no wonder why either.

The mission of the NJROTC is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. We’d say this group of NJROTC students fits that description perfectly.

The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 and is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel.

In late March the FHS NJROTC Air Rifle Marksmanship team placed second at the 2017 All Services JROTC National Air Rifle Championships held at the Civilian Marksmanship facility in Anniston, AL. Lead by Cadet Emma Thompson’s second place overall individual finish, fellow team members Lindsay Strohacker, Makiah Stacy, and Linsey Kleckner moved from fourth to second on the second day.

Makiah Stacy and Linsey Kleckner received their engraved Distinguished shooter badges at the award ceremony held at the Hall of Champions, Talledegah Motor Speedway.

At the Northeast Region CMP Air Rifle Championship held at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, OH the team established a new Navy National sporter class air rifle team record, shooting an incredible 2226, beating the old record of 2219 by 7 points. Emma Thompson’s 564/563 series score was good for first place individually.

Lindsay Strohacker shot a 564/557 series for fourth individually, Linsey Kleckner’s 553/540 series was good for 7th individually, and Makiah Stacy was 10th with a 540/541 series.

Team two, predominately Freshmen, finished in 11th and just to put these marksmanship events in perspective, a 17 year old out of Texas named Kristen Hemphill fired a new standing National Record score at the Air Rifle Championships.

To fully understand the true talent these kids posses, Kristen hit the x-ring, which is roughly the size of the head of a pin, 19 out of a possible 20 times in a row.

As if all those accomplishments aren’t enough, in late April Freeport Cadet Lindsay Strohacker was awarded the Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Arizona. The scholarship is valued at $186,000 and Lindsay will be studying physics starting this Fall.

As part of the NJROTC program, classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field meets, flights, visits to naval activities, marksmanship training, and other military training. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors’ salaries are provided by the Navy.

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Cover photo: https://www.facebook.com/fsd145/posts/10155167241753548:0

See also: http://thecmp.org/hemphill-fires-unimaginable-standing-score-at-2017-cmp-3p-air-rifle-regionals/

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