By Kyle Jillson | May 16 2012 11:33

Who will experience the 2012 NRA Youth Education Summit?

After pouring through hundreds of applications and a couple scheduling hiccups, 45 students have been selected to attend the 2012 Youth Education Summit.

The week-long educational experience in Washington, DC will have students tour most of the memorials and monuments surrounding the nation’s capital as they learn the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen. These kids can expect to find themselves touring the Capitol Building, experiencing boot camp with Marines at Quantico, getting some target practice at the NRA Range and much more.

The summit isn't just about taking pictures in front of the Washington Monument, though, students will participate in individual speeches and debates during the week which can get them up to $10,000 in college scholarships at the end of the week. After the summit has ended, attendees will have eight months to compete for an additional $20,000 in scholarships by creating a portfolio describing how they promoted NRA programs, such as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program or Refuse To Be A Victim, in their community.

The Youth Education Summit began in 1996, hoping to encourage America's youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens at the national and local level. Growing in popularity with each passing year, Y.E.S. is a once in a lifetime event for every high school sophomore and junior in the country. The summit is funded by the NRA Foundation with monies raised from generous donors at Friends of NRA events.

Without further ado, here is this year's class:

  • Kemper Gokmen – Huntsville, Alabama
  • Jeffrey Dow – Anchorage, Alaska
  • Sicily Wilcock – Mesa, Arizona
  • Jace Motley – Conway, Arkansas
  • Caleb LaCelle – Acampo, California
  • Molly Smith – Cambria, California
  • Jessica Chitkuer – Fullerton, California
  • Brooke Lane – Hudson, Colorado
  • Joshua Simon – Nokomis, Florida
  • Dirk Seymour – Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho
  • Alex Kaper – Mahomet, Illinois
  • Peter Dykhuizen – Plainfield, Illinois
  • Adam Weil – Evansville, Indiana
  • Elizabeth Barringer – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Megan Hilbish – Emporia, Kansas
  • Clay Parker – Pine Grove, Louisiana
  • Mindy Downing – Brownville, Maine
  • Wyatt Farmer – Frederick, Maryland
  • Aiden Koplovsky – Duxbury, Massachusetts
  • Rudy Simpson – Whittemore, Michigan
  • Emily Trout – Cohasset, Minnesota
  • Dillon Hall – Saltillo, Mississippi
  • Nora Faris – Concordia, Missouri
  • Nicholas Radzykewycz – Park City, Montana
  • Kaytlyn Leonard – Liberty, North Carolina
  • Kyle Pletan – Dickinson, North Dakota
  • Eli West – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sean Foley – Freehold, New Jersey
  • Emily Allen – Edgewood, New Mexico
  • Samuel Evans – New Woodstock, New York
  • Miranda Sternsher – Clarksville, Ohio
  • Nicholas Johnson – Owasso, Oklahoma
  • Bethany Janzen – Happy Valley, Oregon
  • Benjamin Barnes, Jr – Roseburg, Oregon
  • Kendra Lathrop – Gillett, Pennsylvania
  • Dominic Montemurro – Tarentum, Pennsylvania
  • Kaitlin Heitmann – Faulkton, South Dakota
  • Andrew Raves – Germantown, Tennessee
  • Michael Garner – Celina, Texas
  • Wyatt Saltarelli – Montgomery, Texas
  • Taylor Hart – Cedar Hills, Utah
  • Caitlin Hester – Colchester, Vermont
  • Hunter Bolan – Keysville, Virginia
  • Sydney Smith – Wayne, West Virginia
  • Kjersti Buckley – Upton, Wyoming
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