Young Marines SgtMaj Alex Loria of Chantilly, VA, and Young Marines GySgt Brittany Hannah of Miami, FL, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award which was presented at the American Veterans Center in Washington D.C.
The award is presented annually to one male and one female Young Marine who exemplify the fine qualities of James "Jimmie" Trimble III. Trimble was a star athlete who passed up the opportunity to play professional baseball to first serve his country in the Marines. He died on March 1, 1945, at Iwo Jima at the age of 19.
Both scholarship winners are invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima next spring for the Reunion of Honor which, in 2015, is the 70th anniversary of Iwo Jima. They will join the six division winners who will have been named “Young Marines of the Year;” the national Young Marine of the Year - YMSgtMaj Blake DeWeese, 18, of Beaverton, OR; and Mike Kessler, national executive director of the Young Marines.
"Jimmie Trimble epitomized the fighting spirit of that generation of Americans,” Kessler said. “He gave up a life of professional baseball, because he was called upon to serve his country. We are grateful to the American Veterans Center for keeping his spirit alive and for allowing the Young Marines to play a key role in that effort. Our two recipients reflect the kind of spirit that Jimmie personified, and we are excited to be able to take them to Guam where Jimmie Trimble left such an impact."
YM SgtMaj Alex Loria
Young Marine Sergeant Major Alex Loria belongs to the Col. Wesley Fox unit based in Sterling, VA, under the command of Terri Loria.
“It is a huge honor to be selected,” Loria said. “I learned about Jimmy Trimble after hearing of this scholarship, and his story is a truly inspiring one. I admire someone who would put their dreams on hold in order to serve a greater cause. That is the character of a truly selfless person.”
Loria joined the Young Marines in 2007 when he was nine years old and in the 4th grade.
“There are a lot of things that I love about the Young Marines,” he said. “I love meeting and talking with veterans, helping the community in which I live, making new friends across the country, and going to unique places with unique opportunities. I have also learned skills that I will be able to use the rest of my life.”
Loria feels he’s gained maturity while in the Young Marines and that it’s taught him discipline and integrity. In addition, his confidence has grown. He has learned to be flexible and tolerant, because he’s experienced interactions with many different types of people and even different cultures.
He attends Chantilly High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society. He is planning on attending college and pursuing a Master’s Degree immediately following college graduation. Loria wants to be an Aeronautical Engineer and work on both planes and spacecraft and perhaps one day become an astronaut.
YM GySgt Brittany Hannah
Young Marines Gunnery Sergeant Brittany Hannah belongs to the PFC Bruce W. Carter unit based in Miami, FL, under the command of Kenneth Ottley.
“It's a neat experience that I feel blessed to be a part of,” Hannah said. “I really enjoy getting to share all of the great experiences with those who don't know how much the Young Marines can offer, and I utilize this opportunity as a way to encourage others to become part of something great.”
Hannah joined the Young Marines in 7th grade at the age of 13. She values the friendships she’s made in the program.
“I have close friends all over the country,” she said, “and that's not something many others my age are able to say.”
The Young Marines program has given Hannah a greater appreciation of the nation’s veterans and the importance of giving back to her community. It has also allowed her to network with young leaders across the country who share the same positive lifestyle.
She attends Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami where she is a member of the Quill and Scroll Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Social Studies Honor Society. Hannah is in the process of applying to colleges. She hopes to work in the field of psychology assisting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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 11,000 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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