Makayla Scott's Junior Olympic and Nationals Dream

Hello! I’m am Makayla Scott. I’m 16, and I'm from White Sulphur Springs, WV. I started shotgun at 12 years old, when I had no hope in life. I was adopted when I was 9 years old, but I had never broken out of my shell. I trusted nobody and was scared to try new things from fear. But when I started shotgun, everything changed! I’ve been competing for 4 years now. In 2018, I qualified for the Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colorado and raised enough to go. It was amazing, but I didn’t make the medals. We couldn’t afford another attempt in 2019, so for 2019 I concentrated on SCTP and 4-H events. I made the Nationals team for West Virginia, and along with my team we represented WV in Nebraska in June, tying for 2nd place in Trap and finished 4th. We attended every state and regional competition we could!

In July, my father and I travelled to the Scholastic Clay Target Program Nationals in Marengo, Ohio, and competed in every event! I came away from that event much better, winning the Ladies Double Skeet Champion and a few other placings in different events. My best biggest highlight of this year was qualifying to achieve a Guinness World Record of the most clay targets in 12 hours with a team of 5 with CZ-USA. My team and I surpassed the record, shooting 14,167 in the 12 hours!

This year, I’m wanting to set my sights for even better competition. This year, I would love to earn a placing on the podium at the Junior Olympics, Then hopefully someday a spot on the USA Shooting team, just another step to the Olympics in France 2024. I’d like to go to the SCTP Nationals this year and win overall medals, especially in Doubles Skeet. There is no way we can do this without amazing people's support! I’m one of five siblings, so it’s rough on my father to support my shooting dreams alone. I swear to give 100% in everything I do. I feel so truly blessed to be given this amazing opportunity! Winning isn’t everything, but it has given me the opportunity to share my story. My dream is to win a gold medal in the Olympics, but my true passion is to inspire kids from situations like mine to never give up. There is always hope and you never know what will be your glass slipper! It could be a shotgun. Who knows?


Makayla Scott
White Sulphur Springs, WV

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