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Royal High School MCJROTC wins National Air Rifle League game

Royal High School MCJROTC defeated Natchitoches Central (La.) AJROTC 935.1 to 822.8 last week in the National Air Rifle League.

Diego Martinez, who shot a 236.8, led Royal. Returning contributing members were Jesus Morales, Nathan Covington and Jenna Johnson. They’re from Pattison. LaShan Bland coaches the team.

Royal is ranked 41stSt in the Distinguished Division and 8th in the Marine Corps JROTC conference. Royal has a 2-4 record.

Royal will next face Grove City (Ohio) Christian School. Grove City has a 2-3 record.

The Orion Scoring System sponsors a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. The league consists of two parts. There is now an eight-week regular season, followed by the postseason.

The Champions Division is reserved for the country’s top teams. The top eight teams from the Champions Division regular season compete in a single-elimination tournament for the league championship.

The Distinguished Division are the second tier teams, followed by the Elite Division.

WGU Texas Teachers College offers opportunities to reduce tuition fees in the face of a statewide teacher shortage

The Teachers College at the Western Governors School of Education at WGU, Texas, has launched a scholarship program for current and prospective education professionals who wish to pursue Bachelors or Masters degrees at their Teachers College.

Each WGU Loves Teachers and Become a Teacher Scholarship is worth up to $4,000 and is designed to help current teachers improve their classroom skills or move into administration, and assist future teachers in gaining the necessary qualifications receive to begin a rewarding career as an educator. The accredited nonprofit college’s commitment to keeping costs down reduces the need for student loans, resulting in an average graduate debt that is about half the national average.

“WGU Teachers College has a long history of providing remarkably affordable flat fees that enable students to pursue their professional passions without the burden of student loan debt,” Stacey Ludwig Johnson, WGU Associate Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the school of education said. “With these scholarships, we continue our commitment to providing accessible educational opportunities that focus on the individual so that every student, regardless of circumstance, can see themselves on the path to a degree.”

For the 2022-23 school year, Texas has an unmet need of about 20,181 teachers, including elementary, secondary, and special education, according to data from the US Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). As part of a solution to this teacher shortage, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, between January 1, 2020 and August 31, 2022, WGU’s Teachers College graduated more than 32,700 students nationwide who would go on to become certified teachers or advanced students were in their roles as principals with 2,029 of these graduates in Texas.

“Our students deserve certified teachers who will help them reach their full potential,” said Linda Battles, Chancellor of WGU Texas. “So we need to invest in and support our teachers. One way we do that is through these scholarships, which support our efforts to ensure future educators can earn their teaching degrees so that all students have access to a diverse group of educators. We want teachers to be good educators and successful professionals, with little debt and room for continued growth. Our Teachers College is committed to advancing the educational profession.”

Over the past 20 years, Teachers College has awarded more than 70,000 degrees to educators in all 50 states and currently has approximately 35,000 enrolled students. The College offers a broad portfolio of dozens of degree programs in a student-centred, competency-based model with flexible scheduling to study where and when students choose within each semester. This allows students to progress through their courses once they demonstrate mastery of the skills.

New and enrolled WGU students have until December 31 to apply for the WGU Loves Teachers Scholarship or the Become a Teacher Scholarship by visiting

The WGU Teachers College programs have been continuously accredited since 2006. They are currently accredited by both the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a respected combination of accreditations. To learn more about the WGU Teachers College and its academic programs, visit

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