Bay High School Junior ROTC Cadets become NRA Certified Shooting Coaches

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets made the trek to Orlando Friday for a special training opportunity.

A $20,000 grant from the National Rifle Association allowed select students to go through the two-day program to become an NRA Certified Shooting Coach. (WJHG/WECP)

"It was a lot of work, but it was really worth it because we got to learn different positions, and definitely safety is a big part of it and we definitely needed to learn that first," said Captain Kiera Delea.

A $20,000 grant from the National Rifle Association allowed select students to go through the two-day program to become an NRA Certified Shooting Coach.

"It's not just classes about how to shoot the rifle, it's like we're coaches now, so it's a really important step where we're going, so it helps us teach the other kids," said Delea.

Becoming a coach allows these cadets to train the other cadets at Bay High, so the things they learned will be passed down for years to come.

"We didn't actually get to shoot, it was more about learning about safety, how to handle it, how to position ourselves, like they said, learning the different events, basically every single detail about it and how it's critical to the overall program of marksmanship and just shooting in general," said Cadet Captain Samantha Dominguez.

On Wednesday, they used pellet rifles to demonstrate the 20 hours of classroom training they received in Orlando.

They said they hope to compete nationally against other schools that have gone through the same training, and one day make it to the U.S. Junior Olympics.

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