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JROTC cadets take first, third place at marksmanship state championship

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team continued to demonstrate their excellence Saturday, March 12, in Seymour at the 2016 Junior Shooting State Championship hosted by the American Legion. Cadet Taylor Sorah won first place overall among the 49 competitors, and Cadet Hailey Teeguarden earned third place.

“I was so surprised and happy,” Taylor said after her win was announced.  “I also really enjoyed seeing Hailey take third place. It was just a fun match.”

She and her family have been invited to attend the American Legion’s state meeting in Indianapolis later this month, where she will be recognized as the state champion.



MHS JROTC Cadet Taylor Sorah takes aim during the standing component of the American Legion 2016 Junior Shooting State Championship match Saturday in Seymour. Taylor earned first place at the championship.




MHS JROTC Cadet Hailey Teeguarden takes aim during the standing component of the American Legion 2016 Junior Shooting State Championship match Saturday in Seymour. Taylor earned third place at the championship.


The local American Legion #10 sponsored 11 Marion cadets’ participation at this match.  

“We are truly grateful for the tremendous support the Rifle Team has received this year from the community,” said retired Lt. Col David Farlow, senior Army instructor and team coach. “The American Legion has really stepped up to help these cadets improve their marksmanship skills.”

Last week, the JROTC Marksmanship Team hosted several veterans from the American Legion for a friendly shoot-off. The vets experienced first-hand how well the cadets can shoot, as they suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of the Giants.

“I think it is awesome the American Legion veterans are taking an interest in us and wanting to support us,” Hailey said. “They are like the over-achieving grandparent who really supports and spoils their grandkids. We are so grateful. They are just awesome!



MHS JROTC cadets Taylor Sorah and Hailey Teeguarden takes aim during the prone component of the American Legion 2016 Junior Shooting State Championship match Saturday in Seymour. 


The Junior Shooting State Championship used the standardized rules established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Cadets fire precision air rifles from three different positions: standing, kneeling, and prone (lying flat on the ground) at targets 33 feet (10 meters) away. The bulls-eye targets are approximately the size of a quarter coin. A difference of a mere 1/16th of an inch can separate the winner from the loser. The highest possible score is 300.

The Giants will participate in their final match of the spring semester this Friday, March 18, at Concordia Lutheran High School.