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Heritage Academy student participates in NRA national youth leadership summit

July 11, 2011
  • Tristan Prejean
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Tristan Andre Prejean, 16, a junior at Heritage Academy, was selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s annual National Youth Leadership Education Summit (Y.E.S.) June 20 to 26.

The summit was a seven-day, expenses-paid educational experience in Washington, D.C., for outstanding high school sophomores and juniors. While in the nation’s capital, Tristan learned about the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights while developing an understanding of government and the importance of actively participating in it.

Tristan was one of 45 students selected from applicants throughout the United States. Tristan was required to complete an extensive application, which included the submission of transcripts, an essay on the Second Amendment, a personal statement and three personal recommendations.

At Heritage, Tristan has served as class president for two years, is a member of the National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society, is copy editor of the school newspaper Eagle Echoes, has traveled with the Spring Break Missions Team for two years, and plays varsity soccer and basketball. He maintains a 4.14 grade-point average and has received numerous awards in fine arts for writing, painting, public speaking, vocal ensembles, violin and piano.

He is the son of Austin and Lisa Prejean of Clear Spring.

The National Rifle Association launched Y.E.S. in 1996 in an effort to encourage America’s youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens at both national and local levels.

All funding for the program is provided by the NRA Foundation through money raised by Friends of NRA.

Friends of NRA is a grass-roots, fundraising program organized by local volunteers.

Since the program’s inception in 1993, Friends of NRA has funded thousands of local projects that include youth education efforts, firearm training and wildlife conservation projects.

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