By Kerrin Brinkman | January 8 2011 08:56

In the beginning of 2010, 16 year-old Olivia Zocco set her sights on earning a Distinguished Expert rating in the Handgun Category through the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. Using a semi-automatic .22 caliber pistol, Zocco was able to reach her goal by the end of the year and shared her story and photos with NRAblog.

My name is Olivia Zocco and I am a Junior at Eagleville High School in Eagleville, Tennessee. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and am involved in Student Council, serving as Treasurer.

I was introduced to pistol shooting by my grandparents who both worked in law enforcement. I started shooting with them several years ago just for fun. I started working on my Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification certifications in January of 2010 with the goal to make Distinguished Expert by the end of the year. On November 21, 2010, I achieved this goal.

I may look into competitive pistol shooting in the future, but for now I am just happy to have achieved this goal.

Congratulations on earning Distinguished Expert, the highest rating in program, Olivia! To learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and view the courses of fire, check out the program's website or send an email to


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