Marion High School JROTC Marksman Alysa Yancey has signed a letter of intent to shoot for the University of North Georgia’s rifle team next year. Yancey is the first marksman from the Marion program to go on to shoot at the collegiate level.
During the signing ceremony, held Nov. 16 at the air rifle range at MHS, Yancey’s coaches talked of her dedication and commitment to becoming a top marksman.
“In 12 years of coaching the rifle team, I have never had a harder worker or shooter so committed to improving her shooting skills,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the air rifle marksmanship team coach for the Marion JROTC program. “And the results of her work ethic speak for themselves, with her having two appearances at the Junior Olympics, multiple visits to the All-Army National Championship and many other accomplishments.”
Yancey is excited for her next chapter.
“I am really looking forward to joining the team there,” she said, speaking of joining the North Georgia team next year. “I have met the coach and team members, and think it will be a really good fit for me.”
Yancey has become the very best marksman produced by the Marion JROTC program. But in addition to shooting for the JROTC program, she also shoots with a private club in Fort Wayne where she is coached by one of the best marksmanship coaches in the country.
“Alysa demonstrates at each practice why she is so successful,” said Gregg Rice, her coach at the X Count in Fort Wayne. “She works hard and focuses on what she needs to improve upon. She uses her time wisely.”
Yancey has the rest of her final year of high school to continue to build her impressive resume. And then, she will join the elite NCAA shooter in college.
“Every year she just continues to improve,” Farlow said. “It will be exciting to follow her collegiate career to see the great things that she will do.”