Lakeview High School marksmanship team receives NRA grant

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From left at the State JROTC Championship are Chief John Thomas, Micah Martin, Dylan Fulton, Danny Smith, Shiann Harris, John Conley, Payton Cunningham, Hannah Walsworth, Alexia Moore, Cami Faircloth, Colie Killingsworth, Carl Myart, Sydney Thompson and Maj. Stacey Wiggins. Behind Fulton is Tramon Lloyd.

The Lakeview High School AFJROTC Marksmanship Team recently received a grant from the NRA Foundation valued at over $1,000. This grant capped off a great year for the team, which brought home several trophies, including a first-place finish. Maj. Stacey Wiggins, Lakeview’s Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, stated, “This NRA grant takes us one step closer to our goal of reaching nationals in the next few years.” 
The grant provided Lakeview with a much-needed new Crosman Challenger air rifle along with targets and pellets. This new rifle will replace one of the older types of air rifles that have become very costly and hard to get repaired due to lack of parts or qualified technicians to repair them.  Chief John Thomas, Lakeview’s Aerospace Science Instructor, said “For us to take our team to the next level, we’ll have to invest in new equipment.” The investment Chief Thomas refers to includes rifles, range improvements and other equipment such as spotting scopes. 
Lakeview Marksmanship will submit for another grant through the NRA Foundation this upcoming school year with hopes to reach their competition goals as well as furthering their efforts to teach life skills such as safety, discipline, concentration and good sportsmanship.