By Lars Dalseide | April 12 2013 17:08

Texas Governor Rick Perry welcomes students to State's first NRA YES event

Letter welcoming students to NRA's Texas Youth Education Summit from Governor Rick Perry Arlington, Texas - NRA's Youth Education Summit (YES) brings more than forty students from across the United States to Washington, DC. While here in the nation's capital, they visit with political leaders, take part in seminars with NRA staff, tour the monuments and learn what it truly means to be an American citizen.

There are a number ways for the kids to earn a spot on the YES bandwagon. Sometimes a stellar application is all it takes. Maybe they find a way to wrangle up a recommendation from an NRA Board Member or elected official. Or the teens are chosen based on their performance at a state YES event.

Texas is one of those states that holds their own YES event ... at least they are now. Thanks to the hard work of South Texas Field Representative Liz Foley, the little Lone Stars were treated to the first Texas YES down in Austin.

"The Texas YES program took place last weekend," said Nicole McMahon. "Liz was the one who jump started the whole thing. She called me last year, said she really wanted to hold one for Texas in 2013, and now three of those kids will attend the National YES summit this summer."

Apparently Nicole wasn't the only one impressive with Liz Foley's efforts. In fact, they managed a tip of the hat from the highest of all Texas officials. That tip, in the form of a letter, is there on the right. A personal piece of correspondence from Governor Rick Perry himself. It reads:


As Governor of Texas, I am please to welcome you to the National Rifle Association's first Texas Youth Education Summit.

Gun ownership is an important part of Texas' heritage, and the right ot keep and bear arms is one of the most fundamental we hold dear. We must continue to protect the constitutional rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners while also increasing penalties for those who use guns to commit crimes.

As Texans, young or old, we must work together to preserve that right through education, training and civic involvement. I commend all attending Texas YES for leading the way among their peers and working to preserve our nation's constitutional rights.

First Lady Anita Perry joins me in sending best wishes for an enjoyable and productive summit.


Rick Perry

The 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit runs from Monday, June 24 - Sunday, June 30. In addition to a week of seminars and fun in Washington DC, YES participants also have the opportunity to compete for $30,000 in college scholarships.

An indispensable and unforgettable learning experience from the NRA.


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