By Lars Dalseide | June 25 2014 13:22

College students still spends time practicing and promoting lessons she learned at the NRA

Amanda Krpan, 2011 NRA Youth Education Summit Alumna Fairfax, Virginia - There’s something special about the students who attend NRA’s Youth Education Summit. Those who travel across the country, some for the first time, for a week long sojourn into the heart of democracy and the 2nd Amendment. But what happens after they return home? After touring the nation’s capital, meeting with congressional leaders, hearing from NRA experts and trip to the range … what becomes of them?

Some become NRA employees (second paragraph), some become Rhodes Scholars, and some just keep spreading the word.

Enter Amanda Krpan.

2011 YES alumna and junior at the University of Florida, Krpan returns to the NRA to serve as a chaperon for this year’s stable of YESers. While walking her group through the National Firearms Museum, we stopped her for a scoop on her post-YES activities.

“I still help out with NRA events every year since the YES program,” said Krpan. “I run an Eddie Eagle program every February, held a Women on Target last month and I help out at every Friends of NRA banquets in my area. I even talk about the Youth Education Summit at those banquets.”

Quite a bit of extra work for a young woman focused on graduating early before taking on a master’s degree. You can thank YES for that.

Before coming to the NRA in 2011, there were two things that ruled Krpan’s world — school and volleyball.

“I knew at least one of them would help me pay for college.”

In her search for ways to help pay for college, she discovered the Youth Education Summit. With $15,000 in scholarships available, it seemed like a viable, though unfamiliar, alternative. All she had to do is do the work. And Krpan is no stranger to work.

That’s when she decided to kick one of her passions to the curb. Volleyball.

“It was the same week as a national volleyball tournament. Skipping that tournament really hurt my chances of playing in college.”

She skipped the tournament, spent a week at YES and ended up winning $6,500 in scholarships. How’s that for follow through?

“I am 100% satisfied with how things turned out. It led me to so many more opportunities and allowed me to see that what’s really out there is bigger than school or volleyball.

“Most importantly, it planted a deep rooted seed for me to be passionate about something and share that passion with others.”

Sounds like she's right on track.


Find out more about the NRA Youth Education Summit.

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