30 young shooters will take part in the Legion’s air rifle shooting championship
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30 young shooters will take part in the Legion’s air rifle shooting championship

The 33rd American Legion Junior 3-Position Air Rifle Championship will be held July 18-20 in Hillsdale, Michigan, on the campus of Hillsdale College. This is the first year the competition will be held on the historic Hillsdale grounds. The college also recently hosted the 2024 Legion National Oratorical Competition for the first time, thanks to a new partnership between The American Legion and Hillsdale College.

During the July 18-19 competition, competitors in the precision and sport categories will shoot a .177-caliber air rifle in three positions—prone, standing, and kneeling—twice. The top eight competitors in each category will advance to the finals on Saturday, July 20, where each shooter will fire 10 shots in the standing position. The winner of each category will receive a $5,000 scholarship provided by The American Legion and Sons of The American Legion. A $1,000 scholarship provided by the American Legion Auxiliary will be awarded to the runner-up in each category.

The champions of precision and sportsmanship will also be invited to travel to the 105th American Legion National Convention in New Orleans in August, where they will be honored along with other champions of the American Legion youth programs.

The top fifteen precision shooters are:

1. Viola Allen from Texas, Granbury High School

2. Kamdyn McFarland of Montana, Yellowstone Rifle Club

3. Emme Walrath of Wisconsin, American Legion Post 295

4. Hunter Jenkins of Pennsylvania, Mason Dixon Junior rifle

5. Marcus Klemp of Montana, 10 Ring Junior Rifle Team

6. Gabriella Sprague of Pennsylvania, DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club

7. Ziva Swick of Pennsylvania, Palmyra Junior Rifle Team

8. Alison Sutherlin of Montana, Gallatin Valley Sharpshooters

9. Rhiannon Moore from New Mexico, Eldorado MCJROTC

10. Haley Wheeles from Alabama, Robertsdale HS NJROTC

11. Logan Michael from California, Lincoln Rifle Club

12. Logan Sanchez of Colorado, American Legion Post 109

13. Samuel Adkins of Pennsylvania, Palmyra Junior Rifle Team

14. Makenzie Larson of Colorado, American Legion Post 109

15. Josephine Eichmann of South Dakota, Dakota Sharpshooters

Top fifteen sports shooters:

1. Zoe Dissing of South Dakota and the Humboldt Sharpshooters

2. Alexandra Orr of Virginia, Lafayette Rifle Club

3. Elyssa Vazquez from Florida, Mariner HS AJROTC

4. Erica Vazquez from Florida, Mariner HS AJROTC

5. Faith Clevenger of Virginia, American Legion Post 290

6. Samantha Erick from Virginia, Trigger Time

7. Sydney Beringer of Tennessee, Clarkrange HS

8. Kaitlynn Burrell, South Carolina, Walhalla HS Rifle Team

9. Zachary Higgins of Tennessee, Daniel Boone MCJROTC

10. Brooklyn Zeigler of Tennessee, Daniel Boone MCJROTC

11. Mackenzie Cole from Tennessee, Daniel Boone MCJROTC

12. Liam Conklin from Maryland, Annapolis HS NJROTC

13. Clay Crawford, South Dakota, Marshall County Sharpshooters

14. Elaine Saint, South Carolina, Walhalla HS Rifle Team

15. Tyler Dennard from Florida, Mariner HS AJROTC