A gun rights advocacy organization called SCOPE (Shooters Committee On Political Education) presented checks Friday to the winners of an essay contest for local high school trap shooting teams.
Contestants wrote about why the Second Amendment is important to them.
The first place winner, Monica Reed, a 16-year-old, home-schooled 11th grader in the Carthage Central Trap Club took home $200 dollars.
A thousand dollars was given to her school's team. She's been shooting with her father ever since she was a kid and believes in the Second Amendment.
"The Second Amendment is important to everybody for everybody," she said. "It's not just for hunting, it's not just for sport, it's for defense, it's for protection against government and other government, that's why it was made."
The second and third place authors took home $100 and $50 dollars and their teams won $750 and $500 dollars each.