Navy National Champion Rifle Team presented rings at BOE meeting

By Larry Stanford

May 23, 2014

The Thomaston Upson Board of Education honored the Upson-Lee High School NJROTC Precision Rifle Team at the BOE’s meeting last Tuesday night. The board presented the Rifle Team, which won the Navy National Championship, with their Navy National Championship rings.

School Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook noted the recognition of a very significant achievement.

“In February of this year, the Upson-Lee High School NJROTC Precision Rifle Team won the Navy JROTC National Championship. To capture first place in the nation, the team shot a total combined score of 4,577 points out of a possible 4,800 points. Rosemary Kramer, ULHS Rifle Team Captain, finished 1st as an individual with a combined score of 1,180 points out of 1,200 and holds the honor of being the individual Navy JROTC National Champion. Seven hundred thirty-eight teams started the NJROTC Riflery season as competitors, and in the end, there was only one team left standing: and that team was Upson-Lee!” said Shook.

“These young ladies – Rosemary Kramer, Miranda Baxley, Alyssa Hanson, and Shannon Tyssen, along with their coach, Petty Officer Chuck Meyerriecks, now have the distinction of being the first and only national championship team at Upson-Lee High School.”

Meyerriecks thanked the Board of Education and the parents for their support.

“Dr. Shook, Mr. Chairman (Keith Rohling), and Dr. Gatlin, I want to thank you for your support, because you are some of our biggest supporters for the ROTC unit. These girls deserve to be recognized, and if it wasn’t for your help, they wouldn’t have that opportunity.

“Second of all, for the parents of these girls, it is a big deal. They start their season in August and we don’t finish until the middle of April. We’re practicing four days a week, Monday through Thursday, and most of the weekends we’re shooting events. So it is pretty much every day, other than Friday and Sunday,that these girls are working. If it wasn’t for the parents’ support for these girls, they wouldn’t be where they’re at, so I thank the parents with all my heart,” said Meyerriecks.

“Last, but not least, these girls have accomplished a feat that I myself, and even Commander Jarvis and Master Sergeant Colvin never expected them to do, and that was to win the National Championship. I don’t think anybody ever expected that, especially a coach that has only been doing this for three years. But because of their dedication to what they do, they’ve accomplished this task. The good thing about it is, all four of these girls are coming back again next year.”

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.