By Kerrin Brinkman | September 16 2010 08:00
Nathan Switzer 2010 OAYA winner Nathan Switzer competes in the 2009 National Junior Air Gun Championship at Camp Perry.

NRA's Youth Programs Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Youth Award, an honor that recognizes the NRA's top three Junior Members for their contributions to shooting sports and their communities, as well as their academic accomplishments. A total of $10,000 is awarded to the winners courtesy of the NRA Foundation.

The 2010 Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Winners:

  • First Place: Nathan Switzer of Newport News, Virginia - $5,000
  • Second Place: Garrett Walters of Burr Oak, Michigan - $3,000
  • Third Place: Megan Lee of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina - $2,000

All NRA Junior Members (or NRA Regular or Life Members under the age of 21) who are also current members of a NRA-affiliated club or state association, and have completed one NRA Basic Firearm Training Course are eligible for the award. Applicants must have additionally earned at least one rating through the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, submit three letters of recommendation, provide a copy of their school transcript, and write a 1,000 word essay entitled, “What the Shooting Sports have Taught Me.”

In addition to these core requirements, applicants must also participate in at least five NRA-sponsored programs. These elective requirements may include, but are not limited to, presenting the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, attending the Youth Education Summit, competing in the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, participating in the National Matches at Camp Perry, or attending an NRA Day event.

Applications for next year’s Outstanding Achievement Youth Award are due to NRA Headquarters no later than May 1, 2011. Following this year's awards, the maximum age for applicants has been increased to 21 to include college students participating in the shooting sports. For more information on the Outstanding Achievement Youth Award, click here or contact NRA’s Youth Programs Department by calling (703) 267-1505. Check back with NRAblog for profiles of each of our winners.

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