FCOE Superstar: Parlier High's Cassandra Rodriguez
PARLIER, Calif. (KMPH) —
Cassandra Rodriguez, a senior at Parlier High School, is a national champion when it comes to shooting an air rifle.
Recently, she outperformed more than 7,500 boys and girls at a National Junior ROTC competition.
She says it's a moment she will never forget.
"It was kind of how I shot the first time I shot my rifle, that's how it felt. It was just adrenaline," she says.
Cassandra has always been interested in weapons.
She blames that on her guy cousins.
When she was a freshman, she told Retired Chief Warrant Officer Mark Bristol that she wanted to be on the rifle team.
"She said, 'I want to shoot.' I said, 'Okay, let's see what you can do.' She's flourished ever since then," said Bristol.
When Cassandra was a sophomore, she finished second in the nation.
A tough practice regimen made Cassandra a national champion. Once she graduates, Cassandra will join the Marines. Superintendent of Fresno County Schools Jim Yovino praised her decision.
"What you're gonna do with your life and go back and give of yourself to serve our country I don't think there's any other greater sacrifice than that," he said, as he awarded her a Superstar Award.
Cassandra hopes to use her sharp-shooting expertise to become part of the Marine's security forces.