The Kofa High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (MCJROTC) rifle team advanced to the Service Championships for the fourth year in a row where they placed 13th out of 19 teams on Feb. 3-4, 2023 in Anniston, Alabama.
Advancing to the service championships remains a prestigious honor, with only 25 MCJROTC teams and 15 MCJROTC individuals from around the world invited each year.
The Cadets who participated in the competition were: Hannah Daniels, Lucia Arellano, Carlos Soto, and Mildreth Hernandez. They spent five days in Anniston, in which they were given a day of practice on the electronic systems before shooting for score the following two days.
“By far, this has been our best team that has qualified for and competed at the MCJROTC Service Championships,” Kofa MCJROTC Instructor Maj. Todd Birney said. “This is the closest we have ever been, so we are going in the right direction.”
The Kofa MCJROTC program, which is overseen by Sgt Maj. Colen Laarman and Maj. Birney, has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the past several years. During the first half of the year, the teams competed in a seven-week online league and advanced to Invitationals, accumulated wins at the Southern Regionals, and the NRA State competition.
Additionally, the program has been named a distinguished Naval Honors School twice since 2018.