Department of Florida

From the Chairman


Loretta Young, ROTC/JROTC/Shooting Sports Chair



The 28th Junior Air Rifle National Championship Tournament was held at the USA Shooting Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, July 24-29th. The Department of Florida was fortunate to have 3 State Finalists in attendance. For the Precision Category, Kinga Aletto was awarded the Bronze Medal, Standing Position with a score of 782-49, sponsored by Post 266, a senior graduating from Sarasota Military Academy getting a full scholarship to attend University of Nebraska. Finalists in the Sporter Category were Stephanie Salvucci, sponsored by Post 3, going into her senior year at Summerlin Academy. Also, Jordan Timmons, Sporter Category sponsored by Post 3, a graduating senior at Summerlin Academy. The National Precision First Place Winner receiving a $5,000 Scholarship was Jared Eddy from Team Ole Mill Rangers in Georgia and the National Sporter First Place Winner for $5,000 was Bailey Henig from Zion Benton NJROTC in Illinois.

The National Competition was a full 5 days of events arranged and directed by the Legion National Tournament Director, Shayne Abrahams, Sr. Competitors, Chaperones/Coaches and volunteer staff were also treated to dinner hosted by Post 38 in Fountain, CO and a Friday Night Pizza Party was held at the hotel for the Competitors and separate Reception for the adult guests. The Final Shoot-off for the top 8 competitors in each Category was held on Saturday morning. We had the honor of having our Legion National Commander, Denise Rohan and National SAL Commander, Danny Smith assist with announcing each score and make the announcement of the winners. The Awards Banquet was held in the evening where Plaques, Honorariums, Trophies, Ribbons and Scholarships were given following a very elegant banquet dinner.

The Department of Florida was very well represented in the overall teams starting in the National Competition with 100+. The Postal Match will be online starting November 1st. for registration at a cost of $10.50 each target. All District Chairmen should coordinate with the Post Chairmen to encourage early registration so as not to miss the deadline to return Postal Targets to National by the deadline in January 2019. Good Luck to all our teams and have a very successful year.

Loretta Young
ROTC/JROTC/Shooting Sports Chair