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Lincoln JROTC cadets compete in USMC air rifle match

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Cadet Ladaesha Green competes in the November rifle competition. She had the highest score in that round. (Source: Lincoln Facebook) Cadet Ladaesha Green competes in the November rifle competition. She had the highest score in that round. (Source: Lincoln Facebook)

By Kimberlyn Prosser
Special to ABCNews4.com

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) – Four of Lincoln Middle-High School's JROTC cadets competed on March 22 in the Marine Corps postal air rifle match.

The cadets -- Nefateria Brown, Nida Singleton, Ladaesha Green and Kimberlyn Prosser -- each faced multiple complications in the event, including breathing-control, trigger-control and posture. There are also three positions of air rifle shooting: standing, kneeling, and prone.

In each position, the rifle is held up to the eye by the non-firing hand in the crook of the firing shoulder. When done right, this makes accurate shooting a lot easier.

Scores are based on an assessment of the positions and complications. Though all of the cadets scored well, Brown scored the highest of the four.

"To me, competing in the competition was an honor. I say this because I felt as if I did a good job in school to be selected to compete in an actual competition," Brown said about the competition.

She says the only thing challenging was the kneeling position, though she never looked at it as being difficult because her mother always taught her to never look at something as being difficult.

Brown said it feels amazing to know that she scored the highest of the four cadets, adding she would have never imagined being that good at shooting air rifles.

However, she always kept the quote that her father said to her in the back of her mind: "Always expect the unexpected."

When asked if she would like to do it again, she said, "Of course I would do it again. I love shooting the air rifles because it teaches me precision and accuracy, and it also gives me an opportunity to win awards and medals that I can take home to show my parents."

Brown said she would also like to give a special thanks to SSG Stephen Tinney and LTC Marvin Kirkland for encouraging her to do her best in shooting and for always giving her the advice to never give up.

Brown said she believes that if she never took JROTC, she probably would not be the person that she is today.

 

Kimberlyn Prosser is a student at Lincoln Middle-High School and member of the JROTC program. She has also joined a program to have news articles about the events in her school published on ABCNews4.com.

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