GTA names young leaders for 2021-2022 | Global affairs
GTA announced this year’s 2021-2022 Youth Leaders. They are: Mark Imazu, athlete-scholar; Grace Anne Dela Cruz, community philanthropist; Isabella Olalia, creative artist; Elizabeth Chua, STEM director; and Neleh-Jan Leon Guerrero, professional and technical innovator.
“I am inspired by our young people who continue to excel and lead positive change in the community while demonstrating academic excellence,” said Roland Certeza, President and CEO of GTA. “Our Youth Leader program is a platform for our future leaders to develop their skills and prepare them for success. We can’t wait to see them become leaders of the island. “
Here’s a look at each young leader:
Mark Imazu – senior at John F. Kennedy High School:
• Captain of the Manhoben Swim Club and MVP Swimmer.
• Captain of the JFK cross country team, ranking in cross country and track and field across the island.
• Active in many clubs to include Island Student Board and WAY Student Council.
• Passionate triathlete ranked in Guam National Triathlons and champion Cocos Crossing in his division.
• Participation in the Oceania and Pan-Pacific Championships and the Pacific Games.
Grace Anne Dela Cruz – senior, Simon Sanchez High School:
• Vice-chair of the island-wide student board.
• SSHS representative of the Governor’s Youth Advisory Council
• President of the Student Body Association, President of the WAVE Club, Vice-President of the Care Club and member of the GTA Junior Achievement Company program.
• Founder of the Purple Hearts Project Guam Chapter, an organization raising awareness of violence and discrimination against women.
Isabella Olalia – Senior, George Washington High School:
• Top 10 in its class.
• Co-leader of Manhoben Para Guahan, a youth-led organization that advocates for the protection and promotion of the island’s environmental culture and sovereign rights.
• Interned with Nihi – who works to build for future generations in Guam and advocates to protect the Lens aquifer in northern Guam.
• Former VIBE intern at Pacific Daily News.
Elizabeth Chua – junior, St. John’s School:
• Treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, president of the SJS Glee Club and vice-president and co-founder of the Art Club.
• Won top prizes at the Guam Island Wide Science Fair.
• Won bronze at the International Young Scientists Conference in Belgrade and silver at the International Young Scientist Innovation Exhibition in Malaysia.
Neleh-Jan Leon Guerrero – senior, Guam High School:
• Received the Joint Award of Excellence for Junior Students from the Mariana Region.
• Led his club to third place in the entire LEGO Island / Underwater Robotics Engineer / Systems Manager.
• Chairman of the Board of Governors of SGH.
• Member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.
• Guam High School Nursing Assistant, with a passion to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.
• Appointed and selected to be a member of the Guam Youth Advisory Council.
Young leaders will receive free GTA mobile phone services and a smartphone for one school year, a $ 2,000 scholarship to a 529 billion account with ASC Trust, and up to 160,000 air mileage points to compete in an arts competition , athletic or academic approved.