The McDowell NJROTC marksmanship team traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the NJROTC Marksmanship Championship, squaring off against some of the nation’s top shots.

The team of Andrew Rouse, Morgan Revis, Owen Cook and Mark Whittington took on the best NJROTC marksmanship teams from across the U.S.. The high scorer for McDowell was Andrew Rouse with a score of 1,058 out of a possible 1,200. The McDowell team finished 17th out of a total of 583 schools.

Team Commander Owen Cook said, “The national competition was eye opening for us. Although we could have shot better the experience we gained as a team will lay a solid foundation for the future.”

The NJROTC team said they greatly appreciate the generous support of both McDowell High School and the McDowell County Board of Education for support throughout the year.

“We are proud of the success of the MHS NJROTC marksmanship team. Competing in a national championship match is no small feat. We are proud of the cadets for attaining this goal,” said Edwin Spivey, principal of McDowell High School.

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