Bob Carson, Phillips geology and environmental studies professor at Whitman College, will present the second of six Big Idea Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St.
The program is a partnership between Whitman and the library, said Beth Hudson, library director.
Bob’s talk, “Sustainable in Walla Walla,” will localize issues and encourage discussion.
A grant from Humanities Washington Spark helps make the program possible. Call 524-4433 for more information.
Walla Walla High School’s Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Precision Rifle Team placed third in the nation at the All Service National Championship at Anniston, Ala., in March.
Winners of the regional matches receive an invitation to the national championships, held each year.
Out of 7,300 JROTC cadets who compete in preliminary round, less than 250 make it to nationals.
At the awards ceremony, the Wa-Hi team was awarded a trophy and individual medals. Cadet Staff Sgt. Sarah Jameson also garnered the Gold Junior Distinguished Rifle Badge by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The badge must be earned through years of competitive national-level shooting in which the shooter consistently places in the top tier. Less than 600 badges have been awarded since the program began over 20 years ago.
“The precision team has really worked hard,” said Army JROTC Instructor and Rifle Team Coach Sgt. 1st Class Mark Mebes. “All of these cadets have fired in high-stakes matches before, so they knew what they needed to do to perform well at the national level. They spent a lot of time this year mastering the mental aspect of this sport.”
Team commander Cadet Capt. Caitlyn Lasseigne, 18, is a senior and returning member from the 2012 fifth-place nationally ranked team.
At the end of the first day of shooting, scores were close. Wa-Hi held onto third by just three points out of a possible 2,400.
On the final day teammates pulled out a personal best score of 2,318, and a two-day total of 4,613. They eclipsed the former team record of 4,600, set at the 2012 Junior Olympics National Championship.
Shooting personal best scores were 17-year-old juniors Sarah, a returning competitor from last year’s team who was the team’s top shooter both days, shot a combined total of 1,187 and a one-day match personal best of 585; and Cadet Staff Sgts. Andrew Jenkins and Allison Juergensen, who scored 581 and 577 respectively.
Next on the team’s agenda is Civilian Marksmanship Program Western Regional Championship competition in Albuquerque, N.M. Wa-Hi aims to win an invitation to the Junior Olympics National Championship in July.
The local precision rifle team holds a cumulative GPA of 3.818.