Joshua High School’s renowned Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. Precision Rifle Team placed first and fourth, respectively, at the National Navy Rifle Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, last weekend.
JHS took the top honor after competing against 12 other programs that qualified out of 614 total NJROTC programs world-wide. The first place team totaled an aggregate score of 4,641 points, defeating second place Oak Harbor High School by 72 points.
“We are very proud of our Cadets becoming the Navy Champs,” JHS Lt. Col. James Davidson said. “They have worked hard not only on the range, but on their academics. We are also thankful to all of the teachers who worked with the kids to make up their work.”
Individually, three of the eight finalists were JHS marksmen, who finished second, third and sixth. Cadets Carlos Martinez, Lily Sharp and Parker Hayden also received the Junior Distinguished Gold Marksmanship Badge, the highest award assigned based on accumulated points for top place finishes.
Both teams will travel to the All Service Nationals next month in Camp Perry, Ohio to represent the Navy branch against the top programs representing the Army, Air Force and Marines.