On Thursday, Sept. 29, a select few kids from the JROTC program packed up and headed to Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School. They competed in the annual air rifle competition, where their accuracy and precision were put to the test. While they all performed very well and admitted the experience was extraordinary, I was able to speak to Anthony Terrazas, who gave a bigger outlook on the experience.
What is an air rifle competition?
- “An air rifle competition is a 3 position shooting competition that tests the accuracy and precision of an individual. Usually, they range from about an hour to 2 hours.”
What did you do to prepare for this competition?
- “Our preparation consisted of practices from 7-8 a.m. on Mon, Tue, Fri since the beginning of school.”
What did you learn from this experience?
- “Main thing I learned was to mainly control frustration, it’s easy to get frustrated if it isn’t going your way and to keep and cool head is the most important thing you can do.”
What would you do differently if you were to go again?
- “If I could do anything differently again it’d be to put in more practice with my team as practice makes perfect.”
What’s something you wish people knew more about when it comes to JROTC?
- “I wish people would understand it’s not a boot camp. It’s a lot of leadership and life skill classes and less physical work.”
Did you win any awards, or accomplish any personal goals?
- “Personal goal wise I shot my personal best and did multiple of my other shooters but we placed 16th out of 35 so no awards this time…”