CYPRESS — Originating in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing flooding canceled numerous extracurricular activities, the second annual Marksmanship and Drill Meet was hosted by the Cy-Fair High School Air Force JROTC on Dec. 1.

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Lt. Col. Paul Marks (right), aerospace science instructor at Langham Creek High School, inspects Cy-Fair High School Air Force JROTC cadets during the second Marksmanship and Drill Meet on Dec. 1 at Cy-Fair. The competition started in 2017 to help fill the need of numerous competitions and activities canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.
Lt. Col. Paul Marks (right), aerospace science instructor at Langham Creek High School, inspects Cy-Fair High School Air Force JROTC cadets during the second Marksmanship and Drill Meet on Dec. 1 at Cy-Fair. The competition started in 2017 to help fill the need of numerous competitions and activities canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.

The intra-district meet saw the addition of marksmanship this year. Several schools have begun marksmanship training and instructors saw the benefit in putting the participating cadets in a competition setting.

In all, the competition included events in both varsity and sub-varsity divisions. They included precision drill (unarmed), color guard, physical training and marksmanship.

Unlike other competitions, where Air Force JROTC cadets and units are evaluated by military training instructors from Lackland Air Force Base’s 737th Training Group and University of Houston ROTC cadets, district instructors from CFISD high schools banded together to operate and judge the day-long event.

Schools that placed in the top three of each competition received trophies along with individual best-in-competition marksmanship and precision drill awards.

Cy-Fair led all competing units in winning 10 trophies. Cypress Springs High School won seven, Cypress Creek High School won five and both Langham Creek and Cypress Ridge high schools won two each.

Cy-Fair High School Air Force JROTC cadets pose in front of the 10 trophies they won at the second Marksmanship and Drill Meet, held Dec. 1 at Cy-Fair. The competition included events such as precision drill (unarmed), color guard, physical training and marksmanship, and featured varsity and sub-varsity divisions.
Cy-Fair High School Air Force JROTC cadets pose in front of the 10 trophies they won at the second Marksmanship and Drill Meet, held Dec. 1 at Cy-Fair. The competition included events such as precision drill (unarmed), color guard, physical training and marksmanship, and featured varsity and sub-varsity divisions.

Cypress Woods and Jersey Village high schools each won one trophy in the competition.

“The most satisfying thing to see as an instructor is watching the cadets come together and use their leadership skills to manage multiple events and teams,” said SMSgt. Michael Claiborn, aerospace science instructor at Cy-Fair. “It’s comforting to know that these are our leaders of tomorrow.”

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