The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) not only turns out talented athletes, but it instills and promotes qualities that empower its athletes to become leaders in their communities. Lizzy Worthington, a 17-year-old senior at BGM High School in Brooklyn, Iowa, is a testament to the SCTP’s dedication to developing its athletes’ character, drive and ambition.
Worthington, a Girl Scout and member of SCTP’s BGM trapshooting team, has raised more than $50,000 to plan and build a four-field trap range (Bear Creek Range) as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The trap range, which is located on county land much closer to the school than other trap ranges, will open this spring. In addition to providing a convenient facility for the BGM trap team to practice, it will provide a location for other area high schools to establish teams.
Based in part on her Gold Award project, Worthington was selected to be the Girl Scout emcee for the Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting in Des Moines on Feb. 10, 2017. The event was a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America. Worthington also helped plan a banquet, which was held on Feb. 11, in Brooklyn, Iowa, which raised $10,000 toward the shooting facility and an additional $10,000 in SCTP scholarship funds.
Worthington has already accomplished so much in her young age, and she’s just getting started. She early enlisted in the Navy in October of her senior year at BGM and was nominated for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy by both Iowa’s U.S. Senators. She plans to attend the academy if appointed or Iowa State University, majoring in chemical engineering and joining the SIU Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps.
The Gazette recently featured Worthington in a feature article touting her many accomplishments.