WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) — A local 16-year-old is heading to Kansas with the goal of breaking a world record.
Makayla Scott is one of five competitive shotgun shooters who are joining a group effort to break the most clay targets in 12 hours.
But how did Scott get to where she is now?
“I was adopted at nine by my amazing parents, Telford and Mrs. Scott, and I come from a family of drug addicts,” Scott said. “My mother died when I was about six of a drug overdose and I just didn’t have any hope.”
Makayla Scott began her life with her new family as a painfully shy 9-year- old.
Her parents tried everything to help her break out of her shell, but it was one sport in particular that sparked a fire in her.
“That first clay was just like magic,” Scott said. “The first one I broke I just… everything changed.”
Scott is the only member of the team from West Virginia.
“I just feel so proud,” Scott said. “I’m just so happy that I can represent everyone who’s helped me and West Virginia as a state.”
Scott’s family, especially her father, Telford Scott, is beaming with joy at all of her accomplishments: from breaking out of her shell, to attempting a World Record, and becoming a columnist for Women’s Outdoor News.
“She’s inspired me to be a better person,” Telford said. “She sees the little things in people and places that most of us just pass up.”
Makayla Scott does not take all of the credit for herself. She constantly thanks everyone around her for her successes.
“I’d like to thank CZ-USA, my awesome gun sponsor, for my guns and all the opportunities they’ve given me,” Scott said. “I’d like to thank the Greenbrier for letting me film my home course.”
Makayla Scott will be attempting to break the World Record on Oct. 12, 2019.