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CMPMikeD 06-12-2014 08:13 AM

Shooter Highlight (Junior): Laura Melancon, Lafitte, LA (6-12-14)

Shooter: Laura Cecilia Melancon
School/Club: De La Salle High School/West Feliciana 4H - Lafitte, LA

At the age of eight, my dad sat me on his lap at the computer to choose the stock color of my first rifle, a .260 M1A and I chose red, white and blue. Though I had to grow into it, I finally shot it when I was fifteen. Getting the M1A was the first step to learn about gun safety and competition shooting and that was through the 4-H program. I began with the smallbore, shooting at 50 feet, then sporter air rifle and BB gun.

My first ever shooting competition was with smallbore, outside in this dreadful Louisiana heat. 4-H gave me the start, however, the CMP, NRA and USA Shooting has given me the opportunity to expand and grow in the sport. Traveling to Anniston, Rogers, Fort Benning and Colorado Springs competing in Precision Air Rifle has afforded me an experience not heard of in the area where I am from.

My dad has given me this opportunity and if not for him, I would not be shooting at these high level competitions. With his expertise and knowledge of the sport, and knowing the basics, he taught me how to shoot even though there are times when our heads bump.

I would like to shoot on a college team. I visited North Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee Martin shooting at the invitationals. All three colleges are wonderful, however, leaning toward Tennessee Martin because of their awesome Agriculture program.

I need to work on my kneeling position, I sure would like to clean it during a competition. When I kneel, it feels like I am slouching down, while putting pressure on my wrist. And then there is standing...could use some tweaking, I just know that I am capable of shooting in the 94% range.

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