By Kyle Jillson | May 25 2012 08:31
Team Smith & Wesson member and Youth Education Summit participant Molly Smith

Columbia, Missouri - Molly Smith, one of this year's Youth Education Summit participants, is no ordinary tenth-grader. At just 15 years old, Molly has been a member of the Smith & Wesson shooting team for about two years.

This young deadeye has been all over the world competing with shooters more than twice her age and has proven she can keep up the pace.

Molly has been featured on NRA News and writes for Women's Outdoor News as well as for her own website, The Molly Minute. She is a prominent shooter at the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup (where she can be found right now) and is a revolver shooter to boot.

A clear fan of firearms, attending the Youth Education Summit will teach Molly even more about how to be an active supporter of the Second Amendment. This year's class of 45 will also learn the significance of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights after listening to speeches from men and women involved in our government as well as delivering speeches of their own. Students will also be divided into teams and engage in debates with one another over the course of the week.

"I can hardly wait until Y.E.S.! I've got my speech written and can hardly control myself about the debate topic," Molly said. "I'm loving this!"

At such a young age, we both expect and hope to see Molly's name keep popping up for years to come in the shooting world. And with mentors like Doug Koenig, Julie Golob and Jerry Miculek, Molly is in pretty good hands.

The week-long educational experience treats students to a tour of the Capitol Building, experiencing boot camp with Marines at Quantico, getting 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.

Started by the NRA Foundation in 1996 to encourage America's youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens, the Youth Education Summit has grown 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.

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