March 9, 2019, Southwestern High School JROTC Precision and Sporter Rifle Team traveled to Ft. Knox, KY, to compete in the 10th Annual Sergeant Major Paul Gray Memorial Rifle Championship. Our Team finished in 3rd place in a five state competition. JROTC Cadets accepted the challenge to participate in this esteemed event, which allows them, to not only highlight their marksmanship skills, but also exhibit their leadership, sense of teamwork, and comradery. Thereby, adhering to the JROTC MOTTO: "To motivate young people to be better citizens."
The competition is comprised of units in 7thBrigade, Cadet Command, and US Army, which encompasses Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky with over 204 JROTC programs. The top class in rifle marksmanship is the Precision class. Marion High School, Marion, IN placed 1st, Louisville Eastern High School, Louisville, KY placed 2nd, and our Southwestern High School JROTC Cadets achieved 3rd place.
Southwestern's top shooter was Lindsey Voiers who shot 274 out of 300, thus placing 3rd overall. Savannah Godsey placed 7th with 274 overall. Members Sylvia Watson and Neboll Appicelli also participated. Southwestern Rifle Team Coach Bob Voiers stated, "I am very proud of this team. I could not have hoped for a better result, especially our first year of having a Precision team. The future looks really bright because our top 3 shooters are all sophomores."
The Sporter Team, which is the entry level of rifle marksmanship, placed 26th in their category and competing members were Jadon Lemke, Molly Loman, Hailey Jensen, and Jerica Young.
Congratulations! Once again, our Southwestern students rise to the occasion with pride, winning attitude, responsibility, and respect. "Hoo-ah"