CHURCH HILL — With 12 national titles in her first three seasons of competition on Volunteer High School’s NJROTC rifle team, senior Jaden-Ann Fraser is already among the most decorated student-athletes in her school’s history.
That’s not bad for someone who had zero shooting experience coming into her freshman year at Volunteer.
On Wednesday, Fraser signed a letter of intent to join the shooting team on scholarship at the University of North Georgia.
NJROTC rifle team coach Norman Greear told the Times News Wednesday he spotted the potential in Fraser from the first moment she picked up a rifle.
“I guess from day one when she picked that rifle up, it was meant to be,” Greear said. “It’s just one of those things, and over time her skills just kept getting better and better, which brings us full course to today. Here she is signing with the University of North Georgia getting ready to shoot collegiate.”
Greear added, “I’m very, very proud of her. She has seven (individual) national titles that she has won since she’s been here. She made my program look very, very good — made Volunteer look good. … She’s not only a talented athlete shooter, but she’s also academically sound as well.”
Among her seven individual national shooting championships are two NRA Standing titles, two Junior Olympics championships, the JROTC Nationals, the American Legion Nationals, and the Army Nationals. That’s on top of five national championships the VHS NJROTC rifle team has won during her tenure.
Beginning her senior year in 2019-20, Fraser moved up from the Sporter division, where she earned those national titles, to the tougher Precision division. This coming weekend she competes in the Precision division Junior Olympic qualifier.
Fraser was surrounded by family and friends during a ceremony held in the Volunteer gymnasium Wednesday as she signed her letter of intent to join UNG’s shooting team next fall.
Among those in attendance to help her celebrate were her grandparents Ed and Melanie Flewelling; her dad, Scott Fraser; mom, Kayla Kennison; uncle Chris Fraser; and great aunt and uncle Steve and Linda Strong.
In college, she will compete with a precision air rifle as well as a .22-caliber rifle.
Fraser turned down a full scholarship to West Point to accept the UNG offer.
“UNG is the No. 1 military college in the country, so I’m very blessed to be able to go and continue my education there,” Fraser said. “I’ve already met the team and the coach, and they’re phenomenal people, and I know it’s going to be a really good fit.”
She added, “My next option was West Point, and I actually was invited to go, but I decided my best fit would be UNG so I can pursue possible careers other than just the military.”
Fraser said she’ll probably major in criminal justice.
“One thing that’s special about UNG is it’s the No. 1 supplier for CIA, FBI, NCIS,” Fraser said. “I want to at least have the opportunity to explore different paths rather than just the military. So I’m going to see if one of those clicks with me.”
Coincidentally, Fraser remains a “bird of prey.”
She was a Surgoinsville Middle School Eagle, a Volunteer High School Falcon, and next year she will be a UNG Nighthawk.
What will she remember most about her years at Volunteer?
“All of the opportunities I never thought I’d have, that weren’t given to me, but were presented to me. You can take this if you want to. I really think this is a school where you can make a name for yourself if you try. I’ve been blessed to have teachers and mentors who have guided me on the correct path through all of this.”