West Ashley High School archer Kaitlyn Champion recently placed second at the State Meet. For this being her first year, Champion has shown her natural skills with a bow, showing that she is a talented archer.
“Kaitlyn is a natural athlete, her vision and patience makes her a naturally good archer,” says her coach Thomas Cousins. “Last year she scored very well in the State Meet and this year she has gotten even better. She is a great kid who works very hard and is always willing to practice.”
As part of the WAHS NJROTC program, Champion is one of the best on the Rifle Team. In the three years she has been on the team her skill sets have grown immensely, according to her coach. In the most recent national competition, she was ranked 21 out of 10,000 people. Champion regularly places first in any rifling competition in which she competes.
“Cadet Champion is a great young leader who understands how to help build and motivate a team to win,” says NJROTC instructor Master Chief Timothy Strickland. “As the NJROTC Rifle team commander she has led her team to 9-1 this season so far, from Alabama to North Carolina … She pushes all her teams and fellow cadets to strive to do their best,”
“As Cadet Commanding officer next year, I know our unit will again be an NJROTC distinguished Unit. She is one of the most positive young leaders I have had the pleasure of teaching,” says Strickland.
After high school, she plans to go to college to study a career in the Criminal Justice field. Whether it’s to become a detective or a police officer, Champion plans to use her sharp mind and patience to catch criminals. In the meantime, Champion, who loves the outdoors, keeps her non-competitive sharpshooting restricted to the woods, hunting every chance she gets.

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