Posted on Dec. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications DirectorThe Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team continues their dominance over other programs from across the state and around the Midwest, and the team’s success can be attributed in part to the tremendous support they receive from community groups and individuals.
Generous donations have helped the Marion cadets receive advanced training and equipment necessary to propel the Giants from good to great.
On Thursday, the Deer Creek Conservation Club of Grant County and the Deer Creek Realty Corp. became the latest organizations to present donations to the JROTC Marksmanship Team, both giving $800. These donations are intended to provide scholarships for cadets to receive advanced marksmanship training during a summer camp experience at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Junior Shooter Camp.
“This is the second year that Deer Creek has sponsored a cadet’s attendance to the camp,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the JROTC senior Army instructor. “It is amazing to see how this small investment can pay huge dividends in a shooter. Each of the cadets who attended the marksmanship camp significantly improved their skills.”
Those skills were on display Wednesday as the Marion cadets soundly defeated the cadets from Blackford High School with team scores of 1,237 to 817. This victory follows a succession of wins as the Giants remain undefeated this year in shoulder-to-shoulder matches.
The training and the gifts that make it possible aren’t just about marksmanship, said Deer Creek Conservation Club’s Barry Baker.
“We see in these young people the development of not only outstanding marksmanship, but also as individuals with positive values so closely revered by our club,” he said.
Dennis McHarry from the Deer Creek Realty Corp. echoed those sentiments and added: “With our support we feel we have invested in the next generation of great leadership for our community and our country.”
Cadet Taylor Sorah, the MHS JROTC Marksmanship Team captain and top shooter, said the gifts truly make a difference.
“I learned so much at summer rifle camp,” she said. “All four of the cadets who attended camp improved so much. But none of us would have been able to attend without the scholarships. Thank you so much to those who donated to support us.”
The community support is key to the success of the program, Farlow said.
“The JROTC program as a whole, and the Rifle Team specifically, have benefited from the continued generosity of community groups and individuals,” he said. “These young people are learning, growing and achieving. And our community is truly helping to develop the next generation of leaders through these donations.”
The Rifle Team travels this Saturday to Indianapolis to compete in the Indiana JROTC State Marksmanship Championship.