Washington D.C. (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners in its most prestigious award - the “Division Young Marines of the Year.”
All six honorees will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip. Also invited are the two winners of the Young Marines’ annual Jimmie Trimble scholarship – YM GySgt Mary Wessell of Cleveland, OH, and YM Sgt Nathan Baker of Atlanta, GA; the national Young Marine of the Year - YM SgtMaj Dakota Richter of Crestview Hills, KY; the honor graduate of the National Advance Leadership School - YM GySgt Oscar Pinate of FL; and Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines.
Serving as adult chaperones are Division 2 Commander George Biedenbender and Lisa Farmer of the Cherry Point Young Marines.
“The trip gives each division winner a chance to showcase the program and the good work done by the Young Marines with veterans,” Kessler said. “The trip serves as an invaluable history lesson not to be found in any book. Also, I am able to see how each interacts with others. It’s important that I get to know them well, because the one selected as the National Young Marine of the Year will become the national spokesperson for the program.”
The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine goes through a series of selection processes starting at the unit level, going through battalion, regiment and on to the division. At the division level, the packages (portfolios) of the final candidates are reviewed for consideration.
Annually, one Young Marine of the Year is selected from each division. From these six winners, only one will be named the “National Young Marine of the Year” which will be announced at the adult leaders’ conference for Young Marines in June, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.
For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.