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johnson competes at air rifle nationals


DATE: Feb. 16-20
TIME: varies
LOCATION: Laytin, Utah

The air will be dry and cool, with snow covering the Wasatch Mountain Range when the Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to compete at the 2013 Army JROTC Air Rifle National Championship on Feb. 16-20.. This will be Johnson’s second consecutive year competing at the national level in precision air rifle marksmanship.

The Johnson Precision Air Rifle Team includes Cadet Captain Mirella Torres; Cadet Sergeant Max Pawloski; Cadet Major Duncan Pawloski, Team Captain; Cadet Corporal William Coulter-Porth; and Cadet Private Nathan Reyes. The Johnson Air Rifle Team qualified to shoot in this Army National Championships by placing in the top five teams from the Fifth ROTC Brigade.

The Johnson Precision Air Rifle Team qualified for the JROTC Service Championship based on scores fired in the Army JROTC Air Rifle Postal Competition in December. The Johnson team qualified with a team score of 1,121 out of a possible 1,200 points. Johnson will compete against 21 of the very best precision air rifle teams from across the United States and as far away as Germany. In last year’s national competition, returning Cadet Duncan Pawloski and Mirella Torres helped lead their team to a 10th place finish.

“This year has been our team’s best year,” said Cadet Duncan Pawloski. “We look forward to a great run all the way to the All Service Championships in March.”

This competition will give JROTC units and individuals who earned the right to represent their schools an opportunity to meet the challenges of a major shoulder-to-shoulder air rifle competition. Both individual and team Army JROTC Championship awards will be presented to the top unit teams and at-large individuals. These teams and individuals will qualify for the National JROTC All Service Championships at the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Marksmanship Center-South in Anniston, Alabama on March 21-23, 2013.

“I am extremely proud of our Cadets,” said LTC (retired) Alan W. Maitland, Senior Army Instructor and Team Coach. “Air rifle marksmanship in our JROTC Brigade is very competitive where only nine out of a possible 1,200 team points separated us from the top qualifying school from El Paso.”

Also qualifying for the 2013 Army JROTC Air Rifle National Championship is Cadet Major Danielle Hawyrlik of Winston Churchill High School. Danielle qualified as one of the top individual marksmen in the 5th JROTC Brigade with a score of 284 out of a possible 300 points.

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Appearing in the photo:
Caption: LTC Alan W. Maitland, Team Coach and the Johnson Precision Air Rifle Team includes Cadet Captain Mirella Torres; Cadet Sergeant Max Pawloski; Cadet Major Duncan Pawloski, Team Captain; Cadet Corporal William Coulter-Porth; and Cadet Private Nathan Reyes

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For more information, contact Alan Maitland at 210-356-0567.

Posted on Feb. 1, 2013