LHS JROTC students traveled to Cape Coral for the 6th Brigade State Marksmanship Championship

The cadets prepare for the Marksmanship Championship to begin (Photo: Gruber).

The cadets prepare for the Marksmanship Championship to begin (Photo: Gruber).

Liberty Bensette, Staff Writer- Lecanto High School’s [LHS] Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps [JROTC] traveled to Cape Coral, Florida on April 20 for the 6th Brigade JROTC State Marksmanship Championship. This was the first time in eight years that the JROTC earned the right to attend this event . The participants were Cadets Kaleb Schubert, James Gibeau-Robberson, Eleanor Gruber, and Kash York. The LHS team defeated five others schools to attain 26th place.

The JROTC State Marksmanship Championship is a state rifle competition; the participants went down to Island Coast High School on Friday, April 20 and shot on Saturday, April 21.

“Everyone did really well; we didn’t shoot our best score ever but we did well. We got 26 out of 31 schools [overall] but next year we will have a lot more time to practice and we have something to shoot for,” said freshman Eleanor Gruber.

The marksmanship involves rigorous training and hard effort in order to place. The cadets are training hard in order to achieve the goal of doing better next year. Marksmanship teaches the cadets to focus, be determined, and adapt to change.

“Marksmanship is a leadership skill that is learn and taught that many people can benefit from,” said first sergeant Dean Kelly.

The team is looking forwards to next year’s competition and hopes they will be able to do better than they had done this year. For next year’s cadets, there will be more time for training and building.

“It has been a year of building and we will do much better next time,” said team mom Marte Gruber.

“I’m looking forward to next year as practices will become more serious and demanding of the cadets involved,” said Schubert.