A Parlier High School student has won a gold medal for her marksmanship at the 2016 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Three-Position National Championship, making her the No. 1 shooter in the nation for her division.
Cassandra Rodriguez, a Parlier High senior, has been in the Navy JROTC program since her freshman year, and has worked very hard to get where she is today, said senior naval science instructor and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark A Bristol.
She’s practiced twice a day, every day at the practice range equipped through the Parlier High School program, Bristol said, and is extremely motivated.
The national competition was held March 17-19 in Anniston, Alabama, where Rodriguez competed against air rifle athletes from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC units for the top prize of becoming national champions.
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The competition began in October 2015, where nearly 7,500 junior shooters participated in the 2015-2016 Postal Competition, with the highest-scoring shooters in each branch qualifying for the JROTC Regional Service Championships in February.
Edward Lucero, Parlier Unified School District superintendent, said he was proud of Rodriguez and looks forward to celebrating Parlier’s historic national champion when classes resume from spring break.
“It’s been wonderful to see her blossom and grow over the years,” Lucero said. “She’s an outstanding young lady.”
Lucero said this is the highest honor the Parlier Navy JROTC program has received since its creation over a decade ago.
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