Richards High School junior Angeles Ochoa-Raya takes aim in the Prone portion of the District 218 Junior ROTC marksmanship contest. Ochoa-Raya, a junior, placed third overall. She will serve as company commander of the U.S. Navy Junior ROTC program next school year. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 21, 2014 3:13PM
Shepard defends Junior ROTC marksmanship crown
With rifles prepped and ready, students from Shepard, Richards and Eisenhower high schools recently joked and talked amiably with one another and their Junior ROTC instructors before the annual marksmanship contest, according to a press release from Community High School District 218.
If they felt any tension about the contest — with neighborhood bragging rights at stake — one could not tell. Perhaps they all felt confident: Students take pride in this competition and spend a lot of time on target practice, the release said.
“It’s funny, but once the competition starts we won’t hear a word from them,” Chief Bill Foster, one of the U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC aeronautical science instructors at Shepard said in the release.
The 24 competitors focused keenly once the contest started, with the only sound in the gymnasium at Richards coming from the clicking of the air rifles and the small pellets hitting paper targets, according to the release.
Students competed in shooting from prone, kneeling and standing positions. The Shepard team won the overall title for the second year in a row, the U.S. Marine Corps Junior ROTC team from Eisenhower High School took second, and the U.S. Navy Junior ROTC program from Richards was third, the release said.
Shepard students Josh Reynolds and Jonathan Kalabach won first and third place, respectively, in the Prone category; Jeremy Molina took first in Standing; and Jeremy Molina and Josh Reynolds took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the overall competition, the release said.
Eisenhower students Luis Sierra and Carl Madera won first and second place, respectively, in the overall competition, while Richards junior Angeles Ochoa-Raya won third place, the release said.
SD 153 preschool screenings slated
Homewood School District 153 will conduct screenings to determine eligibility for its preschool program on July 30 and 31 at Willow School. Children must be 3 years old on or before July 30. Proof of residency is required at the time of screening.
Appointments are required and can be scheduled starting July 7 by contacting Bridget Bosch at (708) 798-3720.
McAuley accepting Hall nominations
The Mother McAuley/St. Xavier Academy Alumnae Association is accepting nominations for its Hall of Honor through Friday.
The Hall of Honor was established last year and recognizes individuals who exemplify lives of mercy as evidenced by their contributions to the community or the world, according to a news release from Mother McAuley High School.
Honorees will be announced at Mother McAuley’s second annual all-class reunion, to be held at the school Oct. 25. Any alumnae, supporters or friends to McAuley and St. Xavier Academy during its 166-year history are eligible. Nominations will close at 11:59 p.m. Friday, the school said.
Nomination forms and more information can be found by visiting www.mothermcauley.org or calling (773) 881-6565.
For more information about the reunion or to buy tickets, visit www.mothermcauley.org.