Moss Point High School's NJROTC Varsity advanced to the SECNAV JROTC Air Rifle Championship during competition in the national JROTC Postal Competition (Sporter Category) that is open to all JROTC cadets and JROTC unit teams in the United States, including Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force units.
In a postal competition, cadets fire at targets at their home ranges and then mail in results to be scored. NJROTC uses its postal competitions to qualify teams for shoulder-to-shoulder competitions where the cadets compete alongside cadets from other units.
Individuals and unit teams are ranked by their JROTC service with the top scoring teams and individuals in the Navy JROTC program qualifying for the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) JROTC Air Rifle Championship shoulder-to-shoulder Service Championship.
At this year's national JROTC Postal Competition, Moss Point senior Darrell Ray came in first place with a score of 282 (out of a possible 300) points and 9 bull's eyes, among a field of 7,320 shooters.
Ray is the unit's commanding officer and holds the rank of cadet/lieutenant commander. He has been a member of the unit's Air Rifle Team since 2011.
Along with Ray, the varsity team of cadets Preston Barnette, Audrey Rice and Hayley McCauley, placed 10th to qualify for the SECNAV JROTC Air Rifle Championship held last weekend Anniston, Ala.
In addition, the varsity team placed first in NJROTC Area EIGHT, which includes all NJROTC units in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida.
The Junior Varsity team includes cadets Christina Cumbest, Kayla Truong, Luke Williams, Jasmine Pope and Andrew Evans. They competed in the Area EIGHT shoulder-to-shoulder competition in January in Anniston, Ala.