Spanish Springs JROTC Rifle Team
Ranked in Top 10 Nationally
Reno, NV (April 17, 2017) – The Spanish Springs High School JROTC Rifle Team is one of the highest-ranked teams in the entire country. During a recent competition in Anniston, Alabama, the team placed third out of 1,700 Army JROTC schools and tenth among all military service JROTC rifle teams in the country.
The team consists of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Rodriguez, Cadet Captain David Powers, Cadet First Lieutenant Russel Hills, Cadet First Lieutenant Steven Henderson, and Cadet Major Sierra Larason. Cadet First Sergeant Staecia Wright qualified as an individual competitor.
Powers and Rodriguez received the Junior Distinguished Shooters Badge at the competition, which was held in March. The rifle team also qualified two teams of four cadets to compete in Junior Olympics this year, and the entire team ranks first among the 8th ROTC Brigade.
“This is truly a wonderful accomplishment, and a testament to their dedication in preparing for this day and this level of competition,” said Spanish Springs High School Principal Tammy Hart. “I am beyond proud to have such talented cadets and an incredibly committed instructor. They have worked so hard together to prepare for this event, and they brought a great honor to our school.”
“This team is truly very talented, and they have an outstanding reputation among their peers and fellow competitors,” said their instructor, SFC Wade Mendenhall. “They competed so well, and improved upon last year’s performance at the same competition. They are a hard-working, dedicated group of cadets, and I am proud of their accomplishment.”