Austin JROTC Rifle Team aims for Greatness

The Austin High School Army JROTC Panther Battalion Riffle Team is aiming for higher goals.

That’s why it was important for them to compete and perform well in the 2019 JROTC All Services Regional Competition against schools from Texas Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama earlier this month.

“We are extremely proud of the work that is happening in Austin with the riffle team,” said Velton Locklear, EPISD’s JROTC coordinator. “This is the first time Austin competes at this level and it is impressive that they were able to place this high.”

The Panthers placed among the top 10 teams in the Central Region in which they competed. Their score also helped them place at No. 11 in the national overall standings.

The team consists of Cadet Sgt. Isabel Beltran, the team captain; Cadet 1Sgt. Giovanni Hernandez; Cadet Csm. Taylor Wood; Cadet Pfc. Jasmine Beltran; Cadet Cpl. Ricardo Guerrero; and Sfc. Alfredo Cardenas, the team’s coach.

The event took place in Anniston, Alabama, and included JROTC programs from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  – EPISD