As promised, here is a profile of NRA's 2010 Outstanding Achievement Youth Award (OAYA) second place winner, courtesy of Youth Programs' Brett Conners.
18-year-old Garrett Walters of Burr Oak, Michigan, earned the second place Outstanding Achievement Youth Award and a prize of $3,000. Walters a decorated shotgun shooter has won a multitude of gold medals in international trap, including individual gold at the Michigan State Junior Olympics in 2008 and 2009 in the J2 division in addition to national titles in J2 in 2009 and J3 in 2006.
Along with these individual medals, Garrett has been a member of the National Junior Olympic Team for the past four years,participating in international trap and in 2008 for double trap. Garrett was selected second for the American Trap Association (ATA) Youth Recognition Award in 2008 and is the current national record holder for USA Shooting’s 250 target trap in the J2 category.
Walters is also an active member of the St. Joseph County Conservation & Sportsman Club, helping the club raise funds for the St. Joseph County Sheriff Department to present the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program throughout the region. As busy as Garrett is winning championships, he still manages to find time to promote firearms safety within his community by assisting with Hunter Education Classes.
Next week we'll provide a profile of our third place winner. Check back to learn more about our outstanding Junior Members.