As Division 2 'Young Marine of the Year,' SgtMaj Dakota Richter will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
The Young Marines youth organization has named its Division 2 “Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 16, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky. She is a junior at Dixie Heights High School in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.
Six years ago, she joined the Northern Kentucky Young Marines.
“I use the Young Marines’ core values of discipline, leadership and teamwork to better myself in performing my favorite role in the world,” she said, “that of leading and mentoring my fellow Young Marines.”
She is on the varsity swim team and enjoys creative writing. She hopes to attend one of the nation’s prestigious military academies and to publish a bestselling novel.
Richter has been invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip. She 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.
“After Mr. Kessler called to deliver the outstanding news,” said Richter, “and after jumping up and down and giggling with glee, I called and thanked all those people in my life who I feel helped me in achieving this dream of mine.”
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.