Hemlock, Michigan Teen Wins 2009 NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award
The National Rifle Association has selected 17-year-old Collin Wietfeldt of Hemlock, Michigan to receive its 2009 Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. Collin will receive a plaque along with a $5,000 check during the NRA Board meetings in September.
Collin Wietfeldt not only met the core requirements, yet went far beyond them with his dedication and accomplishments within the shooting sports. Collin is an active member of the Saginaw Field and Stream Club and a highly decorated shotgun shooter. He is not only focused on the advancement of his own skills, but also helps coach other youth for his club's SCTP youth league. This is in addition to his volunteer work with a wide array of charities such as the Johnny Burke Children's Foundation and MICOPS, a charity that supports the widows and orphans of fallen police officers in Michigan. Collin is also an exemplary student maintaining a 3.667 GPA during high school.
Collin participated in the NRA YHEC for Michigan in both 2005 and 2006 along with completion a hunter education course within his state. He enjoys a number of activities including hunting, fishing and fur trapping. Collin is highly dedicated to developing his own shooting skills by attending the NRA Advanced Shotgun Camp in Pennsylvania in 2007, the Leo Harrison Elite Shooting Clinic (ATA shotgun) in 2008 and the SCTP Junior Olympic Development Camp in 2007. He has also worked as a puller/scorer at his club since the age of 13, in addition to recently working in a greenhouse in order to help his family with the expense of his shooting activities.
Collin's achievements in shooting include high overall and high all around junior champion at the 2007 Michigan Fall Team shoot and title of Junior Doubles Champion with a score of 98x100. During the 97th Michigan state shoot, Collin won high all around men's class "A" champion. At the 2007 ATA Central Zone Shoot, he earned honors as the men's "B" class doubles champion and singles class junior champion. Collin is also a member of the 2008 U.S. National Junior Olympic Shotgun Team and is currently a resident athlete at the Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This short list is only a fraction of Collin's awards in the shotgun sports, but rather seeks to reflect his love and dedication to the sport.