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Clover cadets taking aim at March 17-19 competition

From staff reports

From left are Clover High School Air Force Junior ROTC members junior Kristopher Dauble, senior Emily Stefurak, sophomore Brianna Fish, senior Meredith Sutton and senior Ray Beebe.
From left are Clover High School Air Force Junior ROTC members junior Kristopher Dauble, senior Emily Stefurak, sophomore Brianna Fish, senior Meredith Sutton and senior Ray Beebe. COURTESY OF BRIAN BATSON

Cadets in Clover High School U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC program are flying high after qualifying to attend the Three Position All-Service National Marksmanship Competition March 17-19 at the Civilian Marksmanship Facility in Anniston, Ala.

In October, 7,483 air rifle athletes across the nation participated in the 2015-2016 Postal Competition, with the highest-scoring shooters in each branch qualifying for the JROTC Service Championships in February. In their second year of existence, Clover cadets scored eighth place out of nearly 100 Air Force teams earning the right to move on to the All-Service Nationals this month.

Second-year shooter and Clover sophomore Brianna Fish shot an impressive 547 out of a possible 600 in the second round of the Air Force Nationals, giving her the highest single round in the competition and an overall individual finish of fourth place out of nearly 500 shooters nationwide.

The marksmanship event is a 3-by-20 air rifle match, meaning competitors fire 20-record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling.

The Clover Varsity Marksmanship Team members are seniors Ray Beebe, Emily Stefurak, and Meredith Sutton, junior Kristopher Dauble and sophomore Brianna Fish. The team is coached by SM Sgt. Clarence Woodham, aerospace science instructor at Clover High School.

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