Concordia Freshman Competes in Junior Olympics

By Lainey Bentz '19

June 1, 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A freshman at Concordia Lutheran High School participated in the Junior Olympics in mid-May.

Alivia Perkins set a new personal record in Smallbore and Air Rifle during her first time competing at the Junior Olympics.

Perkins shot alongside the top 482 athletes in the nation coming from 42 different states and 10 NCAA colleges.
In Smallbore, she finished 10th place for Women’s J2 (age) division and 31st for all ages Women’s divisions. In Air Rifle, she finished 22nd in J2 and 65th for all ages Women’s division.

The Junior Olympics are normally held in Colorado Springs, Colorado but took place at Hillsdale College in Michigan this year due to Covid-19.

To qualify for the Junior Olympics, Perkins had to shoot the Indiana Junior Olympics in February where she placed 3rd in State for Smallbore.

Perkins’ other achievements include getting 2nd place in the Indiana State Rifle Association Competition in Prone and being named Team State Champion in Smallbore, International Air and 3 P Precision Air.

The high school showed their support for Perkins through words of encouragement and were flexible in adjusting her academic schedule during and leading up to the event.

After her impressive performance in the Junior Olympics, Perkins took a break from the range so she could be focused and ready to successfully tackle her last two weeks of school.

Perkins is said to be “very humble” and “not one to brag.” When asked how her participation in this high-level event went, she will often respond with a smile and “it went great.”

However, she is honored to have made the achievement and is looking forward to her future.