NRA Youth Programs gets another great intern from Hillsdale College
Fairfax, Virginia - Readers of NRABlog might remember the name Hillsdale College. Not only for their shooting programs, but also their incredible collection of students. This summer, there is a new Hillsdale face around headquarters ... and her name is Anna Pfaff.
Pfaff, a teammate of past intern Joe Kain has been given the NRA Youth Program internship reins. There she will work with Shooing Sports Ambassadors, NRA Days, the Winchester Marksmanship Program and more.
Now you may be wondering how a male and female could end up on the same collegiate team. Well, Hillsdale is not your average college. Located in southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is one of select group of universities that competes in shooting sports at the national level.
Anna is one of two female shotgunners on Hillsdale Shooting Team. In her freshman year, Anna competed in a long list of events including Trap, Skeet, Five Stand, Sporting Clays, as well as International Trap and Skeet. First year highlights include a first place in ladies international bunker trap at the SCTP Central Midwest Collegiate Shotgun Championships. The victory came after a sudden death shoot-off.
I had the opportunity to shoot a few rounds of trap with her over the weekend, and trust me; you don't want to bet against her.
The Hillsdale team competed on the Division II level this year following a first place finish in Division III in 2012. That means you could find them at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) National Clay Target Championship in San Antonio this spring. Among the nearly 550 shooters from 64 colleges on site, Hillsdale was especially pleased to take home 7th place. Not too shabby considering it was their first year at the Championships.
Anna is a true defender of the 2nd Amendment and a strong advocate of all NRA programs. As a certified NRA shotgun instructor for a number of years, she is working on a certification in pistol and rifle too. During her time at the NRA, she will be in Wyoming to observe and participate in a rifle instructor certification course. After that she'll be in New Mexico to oversee a High School youth program.
Her traveling schedule alone shows how valuable she has become. Most importantly, she'll be spending a great deal of time working with grants that will help fund the expansion of youth programs all across the USA.
"The National Rifle Association and shooting sports have been a part of my life since I was very young. My dad taught me the fundamentals and programs like ATA, AIM, and NRA Outreach have developed me to be the collegiate athlete I am today."
The NRA is thrilled to continue our relationship with Hillsdale College. When looking for quality group of talented students, you couldn't find a better place to start than Hillsdale. Or Anna.