TSRA Foundation Announces Second Amendment Essay Winners

TSRA Foundation Announces Second Amendment Essay Winners

TSRA Foundation Announces Second Amendment Essay Winners

The Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, Inc. (TSRAF), a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that raises funds in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), is proud to announce the winners of the Second Annual Whittington Center Essay Contest which posed the question ‘What does the Second Amendment mean to me?’

The contest winners included:
1st Place Winner – Brianna B. (age 16) of Allen, Texas;
2nd Place Winner – Madison F. (age 14) of Idalou, Texas;
3rd Place Winner – Meagan R. (age 17) of Allen, Texas.

“Two of our winners were students of the Outdoor Adventures class in Allen High School,” said Texas State Rifle Association Foundation Operations Coordinator Angela Gerlich. “Their teacher, Mr. Anderson, was so excited about this opportunity for his students that he dedicated an entire week to review the history and significance of the Second Amendment and it’s importance to our nation. He then had the students split up into study groups, and their final assignment was to compose an essay for our contest. The students produced some fantastic essays. We look forward to even more student and teacher participation next year. “

The 2016 Whittington Center Essay Contest was first introduced in 2015 as an opportunity to send one Texas Youth to the NRA Whittington Center Annual Youth Adventure Camp. Located in Raton, N.M., the Whittington Center is known as a premier hunting, shooting and outdoor recreational facility. Through the generosity of a private donor, TSRAF is able to provide this opportunity to one Texas youth between the ages of 13 and 17 by participating in a 150-word essay contest. This year’s submissions totaled more than 120 entries, and with the assistance of judges from the Boy Scouts of America, the TSRAF board of directors, and the Texas Hunters Education Instructors Association (THEIA) the selections were narrowed down to these young ladies.

“Congratulations and thank you to all those that participated,” added Gerlich. “We look forward to hosting this contest in 2017 and can’t wait to read what our Texas Youth have to write.”

Founded in 1919, the Texas State Rifle Association is the largest firearms and shooting sports organization in Texas with nearly 40,000 members. TSRA is also the largest, award-winning state affiliate of the National Rifle Association and is sanctioned by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. As a part of its public education efforts, the association produces a full-color bimonthly publication, TSRA Sportsman, which updates members on current news, hunter education programs, shooting sports competitions, and important issues effecting their Second Amendment rights.

For membership or other information about the Texas State Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, visit www.TSRA.com or call 512.615.4200.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Texas State Rifle Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the rights of law-abiding Texans to own, enjoy and use firearms as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the State of Texas and the United States of America. TSRA represents Texas gun owners before the state legislature, and is the NRA state affiliate association, For more information on membership or supporting the Texas State Rifle Association, call 512.615.4200 or visit www.tsra.com.