GHS GRADUATE HONORED WITH CIVIL MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP
August 20, 2020
Granbury High School graduate Allison Henry, a former cadet in the Granbury Marine Corps JROTC, has been selected as the top applicant for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2020 Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship. This highly selective honor brings with it the first $5,000 scholarship ever awarded by the CMP.
Henry plans to attend Murray State University in far western Kentucky beginning in Fall 2020 to study psychology and participate as a member of the NCAA rifle team. With a goal to graduate from the school summa cum laude, Henry is also focused on making the 2024 Olympic team and even has the ambitions of one day becoming a NCAA head rifle coach or entering a career as a psychologist or relationship therapist.
“I grew up hunting with my dad, but grew to love shooting on a competitive scale after attending a summer camp that my high school hosted,” Henry said on her roots in marksmanship.
While at GHS, Henry maintained excellent grades as an honor roll student and was a member of the JROTC rifle team, which earned the national championship titles in both 2018 and 2019. That same year, Henry earned her Junior Distinguished Badge.
“Working with Granbury's MCJROTC rifle team has given me a world of opportunities to help grow as a shooter and an individual,” Henry said. “My coaches, Mr. (John) Becker, Lt. Col. (Scott) Casey, Chip Miles, and the cousin who got me into shooting, Bob McCollum, have been incredibly influential over the years.”
In her senior year, Henry helped lead her team to an overall Marine Corps title during the 2020 JROTC Service Championships – a title the team also held the two previous years. For her own performance, Henry finished third overall as a Marine Corps individual in the 2020 match.
“I am most proud of the fact that my team has won JROTC Championships for the last three years and for being part of the only all-female team to do so,” Henry commented. “Academically, I am most proud of the fact that I graduated with honors from high school.”
Casey, the JROTC’s Senior Marine Instructor and rifle team coach called Henry “an ideal representative of the Civilian Marksmanship Program.”
“As Allison’s rifle coach for the past four years, I have had the opportunity to observe her on a daily basis. During this time, she has exceeded all expectations,” stated Casey. “Her personal and professional acumen and integrity are without question. The character and leadership of this young lady has few equals.”
The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. The Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship Program is named after an outstanding CMP board member who succumbed to cancer in late 2019.