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NEWS | Dec. 17, 2015

Cole Junior ROTC holds turkey shoot competition

Cole High School Junior ROTC

The Cole High School Junior ROTC held its annual turkey shoot competition Nov. 14. 

Shooters competed in six different categories: elementary level, middle school level, high school-level boys, high school-level girls, adult male and adult female. After a day of shooting and scoring, the winners were Jordan Ammerman, Cy Soto, Bailey LaMotte, Jasmine Cray, Kevin Urbick and Margaret Medina.

“The turkey shoot is a fun event for the cadets,” said battalion commander Cadet Lt. Col. Dustin Williams. “It’s a great way for younger cadets to get involved with the Corps.”

Williams spent the majority of the event recording scores with Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. German Davila and Army Instructor Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Maldonado. “It was a tedious job, but listening to music and spending time with the sergeants major and all the contestants was a lot of fun,” Williams said.

“Breathing control and trigger squeeze are the hardest things about shooting; especially at the turkey shoot. The triggers were extremely sensitive,” said LaMotte, winner of the high school-level boys category. “I knew I could do it. I knew I made the right choice to shoot a final round.”

LaMotte is also a member of the JROTC marksmanship team.

“It is a ton of fun. I love practicing, but it can be frustrating,” LaMotte said. “One day you can do really well and then the next you shoot poorly.”