NRA Awards Two Youth Shooters with the Outstanding Achievement Youth Award
November 26, 2023Civilian Marksmanship Program▸The First Shot▸NRA Awards Two Youth Shooters with the Outstanding Achievement Youth Award
By Kelly Farmer, Community Outreach Program Lead, National Rifle Association
The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Outstanding Achievement Youth Awards were recently awarded to two well deserving members of the shooting sports community. This award is for youth 13 to 21 years of age who are actively involved in their community and shooting sports. These youth are accomplished in both academics and their respective sports. The Outstanding Achievement Youth Award (OAYA) encourages youth to participate in the many opportunities and events that are supported by the NRA.
The first place National Award winner is Megan Jaros from Roseville, Minn. She has competed with the Minnesota Centershots Junior Rifle Club. She has been shooting guns with her family for as long as she can remember and has been a proponent of safe gun handling. Growing up, she participated in many game fairs, rifle camps and rife clinics. She began shooting competitively in 2019 at the age of 13. She has continued to become a team captain, and she prides herself on being a good influence to those she competes with. She credits her experiences with the shooting sports with growth mentally, behaviorally and socially. She believes that the positivity she has in life is a direct result of the attitude you must cultivate to be successful in shooting sports. She has participated in the Junior Olympics, Nationals and many other matches. She is a Junior Rifle Trainer, which will transition to a Level One NRA Rifle Coach when she turns 18. She looks forward to shooting on a NCAA rifle team in college.
The second place National Award winner is Will Witte from Apex, N.C. Shooting is a family tradition that his father wanted to share with him. It started with shooting at the range near his home then progressed to taking classes with the NRA to learn and grow his skills. The NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program was a major motivator for him. He has built his skills to where he is now an NRA Apprentice Instructor for pistol, rifle and shotgun. He is also an Eagle Scout, a Boy Scouts of America Venturing Shooting Outstanding Achievement Award winner and a Civil Air Patrol Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. He credits his experiences with shooting with teaching him patience, focus and to be safety minded. He will be continuing to hone his skills and leadership at the United States Air Force Academy, where he is currently a fourth-class cadet (freshman).
We hope that the leadership skills and abilities these award winners have cultivated through shooting sports will take them far in their endeavors. We look forward to seeing their achievements in the future. If you have a candidate that would like to apply for the Outstanding Youth Achievement Award, please visit the NRA Awards website at https://awards.nra.org or email us at OAYAProgram@nrahq.org.