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  • Friday, July 17, 2015

    Junior Shooting Champ Attributes Success to American Legion

    Andre Gross, the 15-year-old national junior shooting champ from Webster Post 942, continues to take top positions in various shooting disciplines since receiving his Sporter Air Rifle Championship Medal at the National American Legion Convention last summer, Junior Shooting Chairman Lawrence Behling announced Thursday at the 97th Department Convention in Buffalo.

    Andre Gross

    Andre Gross

    Holding multiple New York State records and representing New York in four Junior Olympic matches in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gross competes in four shooting disciples – 10 meter air pistol, sporter air rifle, precision air rifle and small-bore rifle.

    A few weeks ago, Behling said, “Andre was the only New York State junior marksman that qualified and participated in the CMP 3-Position Precision Air Rifle National Championships in Anniston, Alabama.” He earned a bronze medal.

    “In addition, we are proud to be able to present Andre with the Civilian Markmanship Junior Distinguished 3-Position Air Rifle Medal. In its history, only 948 juniors have ever been presented with the medal and only 12 from the State of New York. Andre is the first from western New York to earn this distinction.”

    Noted Andre: “I would not be where I am today without the American Legion Junior Shooting Sports program.”

    Junior Shooting champ

    Andre Gross with his parents, plus Junior Shooting Chair Lawrence Behling (left), National Vice Commander Doug Haggan (2nd from right), and 2014-2015 Department Commander Frank Peters.