Tyler Clancy says he is an advocate for the rights his father helps protect.
This week, the rising Beaufort High School senior -- and son of Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy -- will be in the nation's capital to learn more about the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
"As a law enforcement officer, my father swears to uphold the Constitution," said Tyler Clancy, 17. "So I think it is vitally important to know about the Constitution and learn about our rights."
He is one of 45 students across the country selected from hundreds of applicants for the 2014 Youth Education Summit, sponsored by the National Rifle Association.
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"I'm a big advocate for gun rights and like to educate my peers on these rights and learn all the different facts about this topic," he said. "So when I saw they had a program like this, I just thought this is something I have to do."
During the seven-day, expense-paid trip, students will tour memorials and museums around Washington, D.C., review the Constitution and learn the importance of being an active citizen, according to the summit's website.
The summit, started by the NRA in 1996, awards $15,000 in college scholarships to students who excel in the week's activities, which include leadership, public-speaking and debate skills.
Matt Clancy said his son has always been inquisitive, learning all he can about a subject whenever his interest is sparked.
"He is one of the few kids I know who will sit and watch the news," the chief said. "I think an opportunity like this will just help expand his experiences and expose him to more opportunities that are out there."
This summer, Tyler has an internship in U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford's Beaufort office. The congressman said he has spoken with Tyler several times and believes he will excel at the summit.
"What the country and world at-large needs are more young people like Tyler who are willing to engage in the contest of ideas," said Sanford, R-Charleston.
Tyler said he hopes to bring what he learns back to Beaufort to educate others.
He doesn't yet know what career path he'll pursue, but says it will be one in which he is out talking to people and continuing to learn.
He hasn't ruled out a career in law enforcement, he said.
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