McClintock rifles back from tragedy

McClintock rifles back from tragedy

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Flowing Wells senior rifleman Adam McClintock will be recognized later this month by the State of Arizona as a 4A/5A AIA Scholar Athlete of the year for his efforts in the classroom at Flowing Wells High School, and his success in the sport of Air Rifle.

Adam lost both his parents in a tragic motorcycle accident the second day of his freshman year at Flowing Wells. It took him that first year to deal with the loss and refocus on life, his grades suffered tremendously.

At the urging of his uncle, Adam joined the Junior ROTC at Flowing Wells his sophomore year and took up the Olympic sport of Air Rifle.

Adam has taken his new-found focus and used it to be a national contender in the sport. Last year he was awarded his Distinguished Rifleman Badge (one of 800 issued worldwide). This year he won the regional championships, state, and the Western States regional and is ranked in the top 3 in the Nation.

He has also become a young man dedicated to excellence in education. McClintock transformed his first year GPA of below a 1.0 to a current 3.48. This semester he has above a 4.0 GPA.

Next month he travels to Alabama to shoot in the U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships. Late in July he has been invited (as one of 15 nationally ranked shooters) to compete at the US Olympic Center, Colorado Springs, to compete for a position on the US Olympic Developmental Team.

His ultimate goal is to make one of the two slots on a future Olympic team.

McClintock plans to attend the University of Arizona next fall and major in Engineering.

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