ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) - High school Junior ROTC students are coming to Anniston this month to take part in a regional air rifle competition.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is hosting hundreds of students and coaches this week and next week.
Practice rounds took place Thursday at the CMP facility in Anniston and will happen again next Thursday. The actual competition is Friday and Saturday both weeks.
The winners will go on to national competitions in March.
We found students from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and even Virginia on hand Thursday practicing with air rifles modeled after those used in Olympic competitions.
“It’s a really good place to start. Like I said, I started out here myself. So, over the course of my progression of four or five years, I was able to work myself up through the years of shooting. But I think this is a good place to start,” says Matt Sanchez.
The proprietor of the CMP facility in Anniston called Sanchez the best high school air rifle marksman in the country.
"I'm typically at ROTC competitions a lot, so it's familiar faces. But it's, it's a little bit more of that pressure than other competitions that we've been in," said Gabriella Morrow of Atlanta.
This week, the students from the Naval ROTC will be competing. None of them are from Alabama. However, the Army and Air Force ROTCs will compete next week and some of those students are expected to be from Alabama.