Winchester, Virginia Teen Wins NRA Achievement Award
The National Rifle Association has selected three NRA junior members as Outstanding Achievement Youth Award winners, recognizing them for their active participation in the shooting sports, their educational pursuits and the quality of an essay on "Why I Became Involved in the Shooting Sports." The first-place national award winner will receive a $3,500 scholarship; second place will get a $2,500 scholarship and the third-place finisher gets a $1,500 scholarship.
First place winner Seth Williamson of Winchester, VA, a freshman at Virginia Tech, is a member of the Frederick County 4-H Shooting club and has served as an NRA Youth Advisory Board Member. "The shooting sports have been an integral part of me and a defining characteristic of who I am for over half my life," said Seth. As an active competitive shooter, Seth has participated in the NRA Junior Air Gun Championships and is a certified NRA Junior Trainer and Appointed Coach.
Second place winner Paul Boughan of O'Fallon, IL, is an NRA Life Member and a member of the Scott AFB Junior Shooting Club, where he became a Distinguished Expert in smallbore rifle and earned the competitive classifications of Classified Marksman in 3-Position smallbore rifle and International 3-Position smallbore rifle.
Third place winner Emily Houston of Burke, VA, is a member of the Arlington-Optimist Acorns Junior Rifle Club, and was a member of that team when they became the first and only junior team to win the metallic and any sight 3-Position smallbore championships at Camp Perry in 2003. "Shooting has brought so much into my life," Emily noted. "I struggled in sports when I was younger, but after attending the National Matches at Camp Perry in 1999, I knew I had found a lifetime pursuit in competitive target shooting."
The Outstanding Achievement Youth award is open to all NRA Junior Members (or NRA Regular or Life Members under age 18) who are also current members of an NRA affiliated club or State Association. Applicants must have attended and completed one NRA Basic Firearm Training Course, earned at least one rating (Pro-Marksman, Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert or Distinguished Expert) in a shooting discipline through the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, and have submitted a 1,000-word essay on "Why I Became Involved in the Shooting Sports."
According to Matt Szramoski, NRA Youth Programs Manager, "The NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award was created to recognize those NRA Junior Members who have taken an active role in the shooting sports, and to demonstrate how those life skills taught by the shooting sports can be adapted to the skills they need to succeed in life. Winners of this award have demonstrated their strengths not only at the range or in the field, but also in the classroom, extracurricular activities and in their personal lives. They exemplify how the shooting sports provide the knowledge, skills and attitude to achieve whatever educational or career goals they may have."