Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell’s daughter Ashton going to West Point

TAUNTON — Ashton O’Connell, daughter of Mayor Shaunna O’Connell, is Taunton born and raised, but her aspirations lie far from home. 

Soon, 18-year-old O’Connell will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point — one of the most prestigious military academies in the world. 

At the school, she said, she hopes to study international relations and pursue a career in diplomacy. 

Mayor Shaunna O'Connell's daughter Ashton O'Connell will be attending the U.S. Military Academy and West Point for college.

Though O’Connell wants to serve around the world, it’s been her experiences here in Taunton that have led her to strive for such great heights. 

O’Connell just graduated from Taunton High School, having participated in extracurriculars like DECA and Latin Club. 

But her real passion during the last few years has been competing in precision shooting. 

O’Connell said her interest in shooting began when she was 12 when her father took her out to the local Taunton shooting range to teach her gun safety and shoot for fun. The Taunton Rifle and Pistol Club’s junior team happened to be shooting that day, and they invited her to try out for the team, and she discovered she loved it. 

Mayor Shaunna O'Connell's daughter Ashton O'Connell loves precision shooting and will continue competing at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point when she attends.

“I thought it was a really unique sport,” she said. “You always have room to improve in it. It’s not like you can ever be the best you can possibly be, no matter how good you are.” 

Through the club, O’Connell shoots both air rifles and .22 caliber rifles. She has gone to competitions in Colorado, Georgia and Michigan, even making it into the Junior Olympics more than once.

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