It was a very successful showing for a pair of Elbert County JROTC Rifle Team members at the National Rifle Association JROTC national shooting competition.
The competition was held back in February in Anniston, Alabama and featured well over two hundred shooters in events that lasted over the course of four days.
Hannah Gary and Hunter Vickery competed on behalf of Elbert County. Gary managed to come in 11th overall and Vickery snagged a top 25 finish in the contest against other Army JROTC and Air Force JROTC schools.
Originally that was supposed to be it for Elbert County shooters, but Rifle Team coach Major Ed Lovin, said favorable circumstances arose that allowed Hannah Gary to head back for the final national competition.
“Since she was 11th we sort of knew she wouldn’t get a chance, so we were surprised when we were told that Hannah moved up because several of the students would not be traveling back”, said Major Lovin. “So, she went to 6th place and will be competing against the best of the best.”
He says that Gary should be a bit more confident heading into this final round of the competition.
“She is more mentally prepared for this next trip than she was for the first because she has a taste for the win, and she knows she can do it”, said Major Lovin.
Gary is currently ranked as the 3rd best shooter in the entire state of Georgia.
She will head back to Anniston, Alabama this coming Saturday to compete in the final leg of the National Rifle Association JROTC shooting competition.