Five Leavenworth High School students are in Las Vegas this week to compete in a national air rifle championship.

Five Leavenworth High School students are in Las Vegas this week to compete in a national air rifle championship.

The five students are cadets with the high school’s Junior ROTC program. They are competing in a Civilian Marksmanship Program national championship for JROTC units.

Representing Leavenworth High School in the competition are JROTC cadets Kaci Linn, Shanley Palmer, Ty Larimore, Cody Savage and Trevor Sanders.

“It’s a big deal for them,” said retired Master Sgt. Tim Danuser, an Army instructor with the JROTC program.

Danuser is the coach of the Leavenworth High School cadets.

He said the Leavenworth students will be competing for a national championship among Army JROTC units. The Leavenworth students also may qualify for a national competition next month that will feature the top Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps JROTC units.

The five Leavenworth cadets flew to Las Vegas on Wednesday. Danuser said family members traveled with the students. The coach also traveled with the team.

The students will have one hour to practice today. The competition will begin Friday.

Danuser said each student will shoot at six targets Friday. They will shoot at two targets in a prone position, two targets while kneeling and two targets while standing.

On Saturday, each student will shoot at another set of six targets before the competition heads into the finals.

Leavenworth High School JROTC officials believe this is the first time the program has sent an entire team to the competition since 1998. However, there have been more recent cases of individuals from the high school competing in the event.

Danuser said the team qualified by shooting at targets at the air rifle range at Leavenworth High School. The targets were sent to officials with the competition to be ranked.

Danuser said the Leavenworth High School cadets make up one of eight teams from their region that qualified for the competition.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Danuser said.

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