Their aim was true.
On Saturday, the McDowell High School NJROTC marksmanship team competed in the NJROTC State Championship. They finished in first place among schools from North Carolina with a combined team score of 2,093 out of a possible 2,400 points.
This effort qualifies the team to compete in the National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona.
Andrew Rouse placed first for McDowell shooting a school record of 543 followed closely by Owen Cook equaling his personal best with a score of 538 out of 600.
“As a team we were well prepared for this match,” said Team Commander Owen Cook. “One member was sick but he still shot well and the rest pulled the team across the line. We are looking forward to competing at the national match.”
NJROTC greatly appreciates the generous support of both McDowell High School and the Board of Education for supporting the squad with electronic targets and providing assistance underwriting the cost of the upcoming trip.
“We are proud of the success of the MHS NJROTC marksmanship team this past weekend and over the course of the season,” said Edwin Spivey, Principal of McDowell High School. “Earning a championship is no small feat. We are proud of the cadets for attaining this lofty goal.”
To help cover the cost of travel and competition the cadets are conducting a Port-a-Pit chicken fundraiser from 11 — 4 on Monday, Feb. 3 at Marion Community Building. The community is encouraged to come by and support the unit. Tickets may be purchased at McDowell High School or by calling the NJROTC office at 652.7920 ext. 333.