These students are nominated by their respective organizations following a rigorous application process, taking in to account their academic performance, leadership skills, commitment to their communities, as well as their involvement in the shooting sports.
During their term, Ambassadors provide perspective and serve as advisers on youth shooting sports topics. Not only does the Youth Ambassador program encourage growth of the shooting sports, but it also encourages increased industry support of youth shooting.
The 2017 NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors Presented by Brownells are:
Keaton James Sharp Boy Scouts of America
Hailing from Magnolia, Texas, Keaton Sharp, 18, is a high school senior, Eagle Scout, and competitive shotgun shooter participating mostly in International Trap.
Jamie Marie Lear BSA Venturing
Jamie Lear, 18, is another Texan from Perryton and is a freshman at Oklahoma State University. Jamie’s won numerous venturing awards including the Silver and Gold Awards. She’s well-disciplined in shooting and archery, and favors shotgun shooting. She is also active in the university’s Shotgun Club.
Taylor Rain Holland National High School Rodeo
Taylor Holland, 17, is a high school student from Bee Branch, Arkansas. Taylor is a crack-shot with her shotgun and all-round rodeo athlete, competing in American Trap at the National High School Rodeo Finals, as well as in International Trap.
Mason Haynes Royal Rangers
Mason Haynes, 17, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is another high school student from the Sooner State. He enjoys rifle sports and competes at the state and regional levels in muzzleloader, rifle, pistol, and shotgun. Mason also possesses a passion for teaching others the sport and assists at shooting events in his community.
Lydia Paterson USA Shooting
Lydia Paterson, 19, of Kansas City, Kansas. Lydia competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, competing in Air Pistol and is this year’s most experienced Ambassador. She is also a sophomore at the University of St. Mary, where she is pursuing a degree in Biology.
Trevor Goin NRA
Trevor Goin, 19, of Prospect, Virginia is an all-around shooter whose first love is shotgun shooting. Trevor has favored shotgun shooting from a young age and has competed for the Virginia 4-H since he was 11 years old. He is also the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Youth Award, which honors outstanding youth participation in the shooting sports.