(Photo by Sean Crosier)

Legion invites 30 youth to JSSP competition

More than 1,500 youth nationwide competed in The American Legion’s 2013 Junior Shooting Sports preliminary and qualification round, but only 30 are advancing to the Legion’s 23rd annual Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 6-11.

The Legion is sending letters to the top 15 shooters in both the precision and sporter category, inviting them to compete in the Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Each competitor will shoot with a .177 caliber air rifle in three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. And one competitor will win the championship title in each respective category, along with a $2,500 college scholarship donated by the Sons of The American Legion.

The following is a list of the top 15 individuals in both the precision and sporter category.


  1. Rachael Schoenrock, Beatrice, Neb.
  2. Ariana Grabowski, Wind Ridge, Pa.
  3. Rachel Martin, Peralta, N.M.
  4. Jaycee Carter, Sutter, Calif.
  5. Darren Kasl, El Paso, Texas
  6. Lauren Phillips, Vashon, Wash.
  7. Zachary Strohl, Tamaqua, Pa.
  8. Caitlyn Lasseigne, Walla Walla, Wash.
  9. Jack Anderson, Franklin, Pa.
  10. Julia Hatch, Colchester, Vt.
  11. Briana Figueroa, Alburquerque, N.M.
  12. Casey Lutz, Meridian, Idaho
  13. Jessica Katsuyama, Rocklin, Calif.
  14. Sarah Osborn, Hampton, Va.
  15. Kasey Barnes, Fairbanks, Alaska


  1. Charles Collins, Mayodan, N.C.
  2. Brantley Santrock, Rocky Mount, Va.
  3. Thomas Gilmore, Mayodan, N.C.
  4. Kevin Hamilton, Zion, Ill.
  5. Alan Rodriquez, Phoenix
  6. Zachary Dumyahn, Zion, Ill.
  7. Gerardo Moran, Reseda, Calif.
  8. David Nieto, Phoenix
  9. Jeffery Garcia, Alburquerque, N.M.
  10. Nicholas Kalagidis, Canton, Ohio
  11. Michael Barton, Rocky Mount, Va.
  12. Courtney L’Heureux, Richfield, Minn.
  13. Nestor Alvarez, Phoenix
  14. Cody Ashby, Rocky Mount, Va.
  15. Kaitlyn Gauthier, Picayune, Miss.