Young Marines names SgtMaj Pierce Gilman of Candia, NH, 'Young Marine of the Year' for Division 1

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The Young Marines, a national youth program, has named SgtMaj Pierce Gilman the Division 1 'Young Marine of the Year.' He has been invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip.

SgtMaj Pierce Gilman named 'Young Marine of the Year' for Division 1 by the Young Marines.
As Division 1 'Young Marine of the Year,' SgtMaj Pierce Gilman will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip.

[Washington D.C. – Feb. 4, 2013] - The Young Marines youth organization has named its Division 1 “Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Pierce Gilman, 16, of Candia, New Hampshire. Gilman is a member of the Boston Young Marines. He is a sophomore at Trinity High School.

He joined the Young Marines at age 10 and currently, he is in his fifth year in the program. With the Young Marines, Gilman has traveled to Washington D.C., Virginia Beach, Michigan, many places in New England and Hawaii.

“Since joining the Young Marines, I have met some of the most inspiring people and have made the greatest friends,” Gilman said. “The experiences that I have had and the places I’ve gone are just as amazing.”

Gilman has been invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip. He will join the five other division winners named Young Marine of the Year, the two winners of the Young Marines’ annual Jimmie Trimble scholarship; the national Young Marine of the Year SgtMajor McCall Beringer; and Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines.

Because of the trip, Gilman will receive a special honor from his high school, because he comes from the birthplace of Renee Gagnan, one of the six soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.

After he completes high school, Gilman’s goal is to attend the United states Naval Academy and then become a trauma surgeon in the US Navy.

How it works:

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 in May, 2013.

Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines, calls each division winner to congratulate her or him. Then he invites each to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip.

“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 unable to be found in any book. Also, I get to know them and see how each interacts with others. If selected as the National YMOY, he or she will work for me, so this piece is important.”

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.

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