The Smithfield High School AJROTC Rifle Team wrapped up their season this past week with their final competition of the year. The results from this year’s 10 marksmen were outstanding. Led by Team Captain Holly West and Assistant Captain Diamond Whitehead, the team finished 19th in the 4th Brigade area, which includes, Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and were the #1 Army JROTC Rifle Team in Virginia. This year they entered a postal competition in Topeka, KS, and placed 5th out of 42 schools who entered from around the country and were again the #1 Army JROTC school in the competition. They also placed 2nd in the Virginia Rifle League, and you guessed it, were the #1 Army JROTC school in the league. Only one of the marksmen is a senior this year, so the team should be even stronger next year. Due to substantial grants of equipment over the past three from the National Rifle Association totaling almost $10,000, the team is now equipped to expand the range in the JROTC Fieldhouse to 16 lanes, and as a result, will be able to increase the team’s size in SY 21-22. Congratulations to the SHS AJROTC Rifle Team for another great performance in only their 2nd season.
The SHS AJROTC Rifle Team holds their 4th Brigade banner placing first in Virginia. Back row, right to left: Alex Ramirez, Brandon Zakaras, Andrew Ferguson, Connor Havron, Colton Stalls; Front row, left to right: Caroline Lewton, Holly West, Diamond Whitehead, Chloe Thompson, (not pictured) Justice Mastin.