We're just one month from the 2010 Youth Education Summit, or Y.E.S. If you're interested in meeting some of the faces of the future, look no further. Y.E.S. brings some of the nation's brightest high school students to Washington DC for a week of history and fellowship.
The following Monterey County Herald article introduces us to Andrew Clark:
RLS student to attend NRA's D.C. summit
Being a firearms and shooting sports aficionado isn't such a lonely lifestyle, according to Andrew Clark, 17, who just completed his junior year at Robert Louis Stevenson School.
On July 12, he will join high school students from around the nation in Washington, D.C., for the National Rifle Association's week-long Youth Education Summit.
Students will tour the nation's capital, including its public buildings and monuments, visit the NRA shooting range, the National Firearms Museum and the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Va., meet their congressmen and attend an awards banquet and dinner.
When he began as a freshman at RLS, Clark said, he found "three buddies who were passionate about the shooting sports" and they formed a school hunting and shooting club that started out with six members.
Last year, it had 63 members.
"I think it speaks to the interest young people have in the shooting sports," Clark said. Several of the club members are girls, and some never fired a gun before.
When he approached the school for a faculty sponsor, Clark said, "I was worried that the school would be worried about it," but he discovered three faculty members were hunters and shooters, and one was willing to sponsor the club.
A six-year member of the National Rifle Association, Clark also donates his American Rifleman magazines to the school library, first getting permission to place them there. The club publishes a journal and newsletter, and has sparked interest in shooting among students.
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