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Justice Locatelli, a sophomore at Monte Vista Christian High School, was the Northern California student selected to participate in the National Rifle Association's annual National Youth Education Summit (YES). YES is a 7-day, expense paid educational experience in Washington, D.C. for outstanding high school sophomores and juniors. While in the nation's capital, Justice learned 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.

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(Justice is pictured here with all the 2009 YES students in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial.  Justice is in the back row, third from right)

Justice was selected from numerous qualified applicants from across the country. Justice 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.

Justice is involved in many community service organizations such as the Watsonville Friends of NRA, the San Lorenzo Valley Friends of NRA and he is one of a few selected in his region to be on a team called Specialists With Advanced Training (SWAT) that service other Friends of NRA fundraisers. Justice has been a member of the Santa Cruz County Fair Agriculture/Horticulture Department since 1999 and a member of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Waterfowl Association since 2007.

NRA is now issuing a call for all young leaders interested in making a difference for the National Youth Education Summit Class of 2010. The summit will run from July 12-18, 2010. Visit www.friendsofnra.org/YES or email [email protected] for more information.