By Danielle Sturgis | April 30 2010 14:50
Kylie Kiess and her goat on NRAblog

Nicole McMahon brings us the following tale. The Youth Education Summit has a lasting impact on the young people it reaches, as Kylie Kiess, Pennsylvania Y.E.S. alum ’09, demonstrates:

Past Pennsylvania YHEC and Y.E.S. Participant enjoys unique opportunity

Williamsport Area High School’s (WAHS) Millionaire Marksman Club President Kylie Kiess had an extremely exciting opportunity arise at their fundraiser held this past Saturday.

The club was hosting a “burger burn” fundraiser at Gander Mountain to raise money for its organization while also making connections with the outdoor enthusiast community. Bob Hart, one of the most accomplished long-range rifle builders in the world, was one of the individuals they encountered. “Bob was very impressed by the idea of a shooting/rifle club at WAHS and wanted to do something special to help publicize our cause,” said Brian Soars, advisor for the Millionaire Marksman Club.

Hart invited Kiess and her family on a long-range goat hunt at Pipeline Ridge Hunting Preserve that afternoon along with a cameraman from the outdoors company Antler Addition to videotape the hunt for a future television episode. Soars said, “From one mountaintop to another, Kylie connected with a ram at a distance of 721 yards and dropped it like the king's tea into Boston Harbor. For those of you who may be interested, she was shooting a Hart rifle chambered in .30 Hart.”

This extraordinary opportunity would not have been possible without YHEC and the Pennsylvania Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.). Kiess helped start the Millionaire Marksman Club in an effort to bring YHEC to her community, and after completing Pennsylvania Y.E.S. in 2009, she possessed the leadership skills to do so.

Kory Enck, Eastern Pennsylvania Field Representative, talked with her parents at the Millionaire Marksman Club kickoff dinner earlier this year where her parents noted that Kylie would never have pursued this without her experience at the Pennsylvania Y.E.S. program last year.

Eastern Pennsylvania Friends of NRA helped fund the Millionaire Marksman Club this year and both of Pennsylvania’s State Fund Committees are avid supporters of young adult hunters, the YHEC program, and Y.E.S.

To learn more about the Millionaire Marksman Club please call Brian Soars at 570-323-8411 or to learn more about the Pennsylvania Friends of NRA visit www.friendsofnra.org/pa.

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