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Marion JROTC cadets to compete in National Championship

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ON MY MARK: Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann takes aim in the kneeling position during a precision air rifle match. Hofmann will compete in the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.
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TAKE YOUR STANCE: Marion High School JROTC Cadet Hailey Teeguarden takes aim in the standing position during a precision air rifle match. Hofmann will compete in the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com

Marion High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets Hailey Teeguarden and Levi Hofmann have qualified for the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.

The cadets will compete in the precision category, the highest level of air rifle competition, in which college and Olympics athletes compete. They competed in the past two years in the lower level sporter category.

Hofmann and Teeguarden are the only Army JROTC cadets from Indiana who qualified for the National Championship.

“I was so excited when I heard that (Hofmann) and I qualified,” Teeguarden said. “Shooting at the Nationals is fun but very stressful. This will be my last year to have a chance to compete.”

In January, both cadets will also shoot in a qualifying round for the Junior Olympics.