[Photo courtesy of Jeff Richards]

Sarah Day, who just completed her junior year at Grand County High School, has been selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s annual National Youth Education Summit (YES) in Washington, D.C., this July.

YES is a seven-day, expenses-paid educational experience for outstanding high school juniors and seniors. While in the nation’s capital, Day and the other summit attendees will learn 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.

Day was one of 47 students selected from numerous qualified applicants from across the country to take part in this year’s YES summit. The conference attendees will also be competing for $30,000 worth of scholarship money.

Day said she was required to complete an extensive application, which included the submission of transcripts, an essay about the Second Amendment, a personal statement and three personal recommendations. Day said she would like to thank David Adams, Kristin Johnson and Hal Adams for their wonderful letters of recommendation and their help throughout the application process.

Day has been involved in sports and other activities at Grand County High School. She has played tennis, basketball and golf, earning varsity letters in all three sports while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Day is also the chair of the Young Americans for Freedom Club at GCHS.

Outside of school, Day enjoys spending time outdoors and playing sports. The daughter of Joe and Cristina Day of Moab, she plans to attend college after graduation to study business.

The National Rifle Association launched YES 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 monies raised by Friends of NRA, which is a grassroots, 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.

Sarah Day joins 47 students nationwide