CENTERBURG — “Growing up, my parents always told me that, if you want something, you’ve got to work for it. Nobody else is going to do it for you.”
These are the words that 16-year-old trap shooter and Knox County resident Silas McElhaney has chosen to live by. It’s a choice that is paying dividends.
Silas, a homeschool student with a 4.0 grade point average, is one of 230 kids from 25 states to be chosen by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) and the NRA for scholarship recognition.
Silas, who shoots at Centerburg Youth Shooting Sports, has been handling guns since he was 10, but he has been trapshooting with his Browning shotgun since the age of 13. He will get his certificate on the 18th of July at the Ohio Cardinal Center in Marengo at the SSSF Nationals. He and the other youngsters will be recognized and awarded a lapel pin, along with their certificate.