Oct 20, 2019 | By: Cheryl Schindler, Paragon School of Sporting Inc.
Makayla Scott is accomplishing more than any shooter I know. Makayla's mother died of a drug overdose. Then Makayla and her 2 younger siblings were placed in Foster Care. It was not a good situation. Makayla was adopted at 9. This year Makayla turned 16 and has earned a string of accomplishments, including a Guinness Book of World Record on October 12.
In 2018, one of our clients told me about Makayla, a young West Virginia girl whose life CHANGED gloriously when she fired her very first shotgun shell. I started following Makayla on Facebook, then Makayla and I became Facebook friends. I was impressed, to say the least. Her radiant smile is effervescent and warm personality permeates everything she does. Without a doubt, Makayla has the most positive attitude of any teenager I know.
In February of this year, I called Telford to ask about Makaya, where she was with her shooting, her goals, and her dreams. A few days later, River Bend Sportsmans Resort (our home club) graciously offered to gift Makayla and Telford a weekend stay so Daniel Schindler (Founder of Paragon School of Sporting Inc.) could work with Makayla on her shooting and mental game. It was a magical weekend for all! A turning point. And with each passing day, there are rays of hope...the possibility Makayla can accomplish her dream of going to the Olympics. A longshot for a teenager with little means from West Virginia.
I've never seen a more hopeful, joyous young lady. With little financial support, Telford and Makayla - against the odds - are managing to travel from one clay target tournament to the next. Makayla is accomplishing more with less than any shooter I know. Makayla and Telford make the Energizer Bunny look like a wimp! LOL