The National Rifle Association has selected 18-year-old Corey Spruill of St. Charles, MO to receive its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. Corey will receive a plaque along with a $5,000 check during the NRA Board meetings in September.
Corey has gone above and beyond the basic criteria for this award. He started trapshooting in 2007 with his Boy Scout Venture Crew. In 2009, Corey had the honor to receive the Eagle Scout Award. He then decided to take the next step in his shooting career and joined the Gateway Claybusters.
Corey is known for being a very charitable person through his Church and the Boy Scouts, and shooting has just been another outlet for him to continue these practices. He organized a Sporting Clays shoot for Habitat for Humanity that raised over $3,200 in 2011. Corey is also an Ambassador with the Scholastic Clay Target Program where he thrives and jumps at the opportunity to give back to the program that has done so much for him in his life. Also in 2011, he accomplished several goals, he was the Junior Class Champion at the Missouri State High School Trap-shoot, he won the SCTP National Championships in the International Trap discipline, and he had made the Missouri State Trap Team as well as the National Junior Olympic Shotgun Team for Men’s International Trap.
In Corey’s essay, “What the Shooting Sports has Taught Me,” he wrote, “The shooting sports have taught me countless life lessons that I use every day. Whether it is setting goals, seeking advice or obtaining specialized help, I use the same process for any task. Learning to compete to my absolute best and helping other people have truly added meaning to my life.”
Corey will be attending Lindenwood University in the fall of 2012, where he will compete on the Lions Shotgun Team. Upon completion of college, he would like to pursue a career in the shooting sports representing a company that is involved with shooting or hunting.