Each year, the NRA honors three juniors who exemplify the goals and mission of the NRA and its membership with the Brownells/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award (OAYA). Those who earn this honor must not only demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, they must also complete an NRA Firearm Training Course, participate in a Winchester/NRA Marksmanship qualification program and submit an essay on “What the Shooting Sports Have Taught Me.”
This year, we're proud to announce the first-place winner of the 2015 NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award, Bailey Urbach from Hudson, New Hampshire (pictured above with NRA General Operations Executive Director Kyle Weaver [left] and NRA President Allan Cors [right]). Bailey is a freshman at Ohio State University and a member of their Rifle team. This young woman works hard and strives for excellence, not only at the range, but also in the classroom. She is a special young woman who gets as much from coaching younger members of her team as from her own shooting achievements. She is planning on one day becoming a doctor and specializing in brain surgery. Thanks to Brownells' contribution, Bailey will be awarded $5,000.
Second-place winner Samuel Houston Cavender from Stafford, Virginia, is an active competitor and was a member of his high school JROTC rifle team. Now a freshman at the University of Utah, he plans to continue his shooting career as a member of their rifle team. As second-place winner, Samuel will take home $3,000.
Third-place winner Remington Little from Crosswicks, New Jersey, is a young man who wants to make a career out of his passion for firearms. He would like to become a firearms engineer. Remington not only was involved with several shooting teams and clubs, but is also very active in his community with programs such as Meals on Wheels. Our third-place winner will receive $2,000.