By Olivia Blanchard | July 15 2010 11:45

Nathan SwitzerFor Nathan Switzer of Newport News, VA, attending the Youth Education Summit (YES) is an opportunity to continue his life-long interest in firearms and competitive shooting. While YES doesn’t involve any official shooting competitions, students had the chance to practice their shooting skills this week at NRA’s newly renovated range. Nathan is no stranger to target practice: “My grandpa started teaching me to rifle shoot when I was a little kid, and I picked up pistol shooting about two years ago,” he told NRAblog.

Just before coming to Washington, DC, to participate in YES, Nathan traveled to Camp Perry to attend the NRA Progressive Position Air Pistol Championships, which he said was “a really great experience before coming to YES.”

While Nathan is an avid shooter, his interests don’t stop at firearms. He just finished fulfilling a practice time requirement to receive an FA glider license, and he’s been playing the cello for 10 years.

When asked what he’s most looking forward to at YES, Nathan said, “Probably the Pentagon, since I’ve never gotten to see it before on my trips to DC.” Nathan’s also enjoying getting to know “like-minded people from across the country – I’m sure there will be a Facebook group up soon for 2010 YES alumni!”

For more on this talented group of kids, stay tuned to NRAblog.

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