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High school students compete at 2017 Navy Air Rifle State Championship

Competitors visit from all over Texas to show off shooting skills

SAN ANTONIO – The 2017 Navy Air Rifle State Championship is underway this weekend at Lee High School.

About 90 students, from all over Texas, are participating and showing off their shooting skills. 

There are two categories in the competition: precision and sporter. Each student will shoot in three positions: standing, kneeling and lying down. They will have 10 shots in each position.

The team from Marshall High School has earned several awards and hopes for another big win.

Marshall High School competitor Destiny Silva hopes all their hard work pays off.

“We are defending champions. Hopefully, we stay the defending champions. We get that trophy,” Silva said.

She said the sport prepares students in many ways.

“It actually equalizes to any other sport because you are balancing yourself. You have agility and you have to control your breathing, like you do in the military,” Silva said.

Silva said she is thankful for the community’s support and hopes the team continues to expand.

“Even though we have that portable range, we wish we could, in the future, get a bigger range, so we can practice the entire team instead of just one,” Silva said.

At Friday’s competition, a habitat organization called The San Antonio Quail Forever donated $2,000 to Marshall High School’s program. The organization said it began holding fundraisers after watching the team’s story on KSAT 12 months ago.