By Kyle Jillson | June 4 2013 18:27

Oregon Y.E.S. sends two students to national summit later this June

Inaugural class of Oregon NRA Youth Education Summit

Fairfax, Virginia - The inaugural Oregon State NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) concluded this past weekend, setting the stage for the June 24 National NRA Y.E.S. in Washington D.C.

A week long educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors, Y.E.S. is an opportunity for today's youth to receive first hand knowledge of how the federal government really works. Not just anyone can attend Y.E.S., though. For most there is an application process to the expenses paid once in a lifetime trip, but others must compete directly with their peers in state-level summits before winning a ticket to the nation's capital.

More Sate Y.E.S. events pop up each year as youth interest grows not only in learning about the federal government, but the state governments where hopeful attendees reside. Pivotal in getting Oregon's Y.E.S. off the ground were Douglas County Friends of NRA chairwoman Katie Jones - host of the highest netting banquet in the state - and 2012 National Y.E.S. participant Benjamin Barnes.

From visiting the state capitol building to a trip to the shooting range, the class of the inaugural Oregon Y.E.S. learned about the workings of their state government while developing a greater understanding of their Second Amendment rights.

"This year, being our first, was a learning experience for all of us," Jones said. "We hope to continue and improve this event each year."

Unfortunately two of the seven participants could advance to the National Y.E.S. in Washington D.C. Robert Stewart and Mikayla Lewis will be hopping on a plane very shortly and joining a few dozen of their peers for an experience they'll never forget.

No one walked away empty handed, however; as Oregon Y.E.S. Founder Ben Barnes awarded each participant a generous scholarship to aid in future studies.

Congratulations Robert and Mikayla, we'll see you in a couple weeks.

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