With each well placed shot he took, Terry Tasker, an 11th grader at Southern High, methodically worked his way during the two day JROTC regional air rifle championship at Camp Perry in an effort to reach his long sought goal of 540 points.

Over the two day marksmanship regional championship at Camp Perry, Ohio, 84 army JROTC cadets took aim from 10 meters away at a target just 44 mm in diameter. Within that target was a bullseye of only .5mm in diameter, and the real test to the cadets’ skills.

Joining these cadets from the mid-Atlantic states, the midwest, and Alaska, Tasker took his three years of cadet marksmanship experience in an effort to qualify for the final eight competition and have a personal best score.

On day one of the event, he succeeded with a 527/600. He held steady on prone and kneeling but showed some erratic shots on his standing position. Still, his strength in the kneeling was evident when compared to the other cadets during his sporter class relay and this allowed him to be 8th place at the end of day one. Day two, however, was a different story.

Tasker entered the prone phase strong but during standing had several more wild shots. In spite of his best effort in kneeling, he couldn’t recover and on day two he repeated his score from the previous day with a 527 and a 10th place overall finish out of the 83 competitors at Camp Perry.

His 10th place finish is the second highest for a cadet from Garrett County and it also earned him Excellent in Competition points to qualify for the bronze EIC medal.