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Atta girl, Molly! Smith & Wesson’s Smith to attend NRA’s Youth Education Summit in D.C.

FAIRFAX, VA – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the 45 students selected to attend the 2012 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a seven-day, expense-paid educational experience in Washington, DC.


Molly Smith will attend the National Rifle Association's Y.E.S. this summer. Photo courtesy of Yamil Sued

Summit participants will tour memorials and monuments surrounding the nation’s capital throughout the week as they learn the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen. Scheduled stops include the Capitol Building, the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, the National Archives and the Newseum.

The winning smile and attitude says it all. Photo by Susan Smith

During the summit, up to $10,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in the week’s activities. An additional $20,000 in scholarships are available after the summit for Y.E.S. students who create a portfolio describing how they promoted NRA programs, such as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program or Refuse To Be A Victim, in their community.

This year’s Y.E.S. class was selected from hundreds of qualified applicants. Each prospective participant completed an extensive application process comprised of essays about the Second Amendment, personal statements, transcripts and three personal recommendations.

The National Rifle Association launched the Youth Education Summit in 1996 to encourage America’s youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens at the national and local level.

The NRA Foundation provides all funding for Y.E.S. through monies raised by Friends of NRA – a grassroots fund-raising program organized by community volunteers that supports thousands of local and national projects.

2012 Y.E.S. Participants

Kemper Gokmen – Huntsville, Alabama

Jeffrey Dow – Anchorage, Alaska

Sicily Wilcock – Mesa, Arizona

Jace Motley – Conway, Arkansas

Caleb LaCelle – Acampo, California

Molly Smith – Cambria, California

Jessica Chitkuer – Fullerton, California

Brooke Lane – Hudson, Colorado

Joshua Simon – Nokomis, Florida

Dirk Seymour – Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

Alex Kaper – Mahomet, Illinois

Peter Dykhuizen – Plainfield, Illinois

Adam Weil – Evansville, Indiana

Elizabeth Barringer – Indianapolis, Indiana

Megan Hilbish – Emporia, Kansas

Clay Parker – Pine Grove, Louisiana

Mindy Downing – Brownville, Maine

Wyatt Farmer – Frederick, Maryland

Aiden Koplovsky – Duxbury, Massachusetts

Rudy Simpson – Whittemore, Michigan

Emily Trout – Cohasset, Minnesota

Dillon Hall – Saltillo, Mississippi

Nora Faris – Concordia, Missouri

Nicholas Radzykewycz – Park City, Montana

Kaytlyn Leonard – Liberty, North Carolina

Kyle Pletan – Dickinson, North Dakota

Eli West – Omaha, Nebraska

Sean Foley – Freehold, New Jersey

Emily Allen – Edgewood, New Mexico

Samuel Evans – New Woodstock, New York

Miranda Sternsher – Clarksville, Ohio

Nicholas Johnson – Owasso, Oklahoma

Bethany Janzen – Happy Valley, Oregon

Benjamin Barnes, Jr – Roseburg, Oregon

Kendra Lathrop – Gillett, Pennsylvania

Dominic Montemurro – Tarentum, Pennsylvania

Kaitlin Heitmann – Faulkton, South Dakota

Andrew Raves – Germantown, Tennessee

Michael Garner – Celina, Texas

Wyatt Saltarelli – Montgomery, Texas

Taylor Hart – Cedar Hills, Utah

Caitlin Hester – Colchester, Vermont

Hunter Bolan – Keysville, Virginia

Sydney Smith – Wayne, West Virginia

Kjersti Buckley – Upton, Wyoming


To learn more about the Youth Education Summit, visit their website at www.friendsofnra.org/yes


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