QUARTZ HILL – The Young Marines has announced its top graduates of the 2023 National Leadership Academy – Advanced Leadership School, and YM/GySgt Micah Mallory and YM/GySgt Hunter Gomez of the Quartz Hill Young Marines are among the top ten graduates.
Young Marines gathered from throughout the country and were trained from July 8-15 in a number of different areas. Their individual and collective goals were to develop their leadership, mentorship, and management skills while competing in physical challenges and being evaluated on their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The 10 best candidates were selected as the prestigious Top Ten Graduates of the Advanced Leadership School.
“We are extremely proud and delighted that YM/GySgt’s Gomez and Mallory graduated in the Top 10 of this year’s Advanced Leadership School,” said Unit Commander Mike Mallory. “Quartz Hill Young Marines was the only unit to have two Young Marines achieve this, and it speaks to these Young Marines’ years of dedication and commitment to this program. They will now return to our unit as better leaders and mentors, and they both truly set an example for all other youth to follow.”
The top ten 2023 graduates are:
- Honor Graduate – YM/GySgt Akshaya Krishna, 15 of Sacramento Young Marines, California
- YM/MSgt Abby Smith, 15 of Northern Kentucky Young Marines, Kentucky
- YM/GySgt Tristan Vuong, 16 of Miramar Young Marines, California
- YM/MSgt Victoria Gacek,17 of Mecklenburg County Young Marines, North Carolina
- YM/MSgt Rei Killion, 17 of North San Diego Young Marines, California
- YM/GySgt Owen Darnell, 17 of Greater Cleveland Young Marines, Ohio
- YM/GySgt Constanza Billups, 17 of Cumberland County Young Marines, Tennessee
- YM/GySgt Micah Mallory, 15 of Quartz Hill Young Marines, California
- YM/GySgt Hunter Gomez, 15 of Quartz Hill Young Marines, California
- YM/GySgt Johnathan Lopez,15 of San Bernardino Valley Young Marines, California
“As the highest level of Young Marines leadership training, the Advanced Leadership School is a demanding, but rewarding experience for all who participate,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “These top Young Marines have exhibited exceptional maturity and leadership skills. Completion of ALS is a major accomplishment for each of these young people. They gain unequaled new skills that they will utilize as they return to their communities and units.”
The Young Marines is a national youth organization for boys and girls from age eight through high school graduation. For more information, visit: https://www.YoungMarines.org.
[Information via news release from The Young Marines.]