Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Company: Alpha Company
Rank: Cadet Sergeant Major
Billet: Battalion Sergeant Major
Activities: Varsity Soccer
College Aspiration: United States Naval Academy or Texas A&M
Career Aspiration: A commissioned officer in the USMC.
What have you learned at Marine Military Academy? To me the most important thing MMA has taught me is confidence. I have learned to be confident in all of my decisions and everything that I do. This helps me to complete tasks that I am given because it keeps me from second guessing myself and it also helps me lead. If somebody who is leading you isn’t confident in what they do then you won’t be sure if you should follow them.
Why are you attending MMA? I am attending MMA because I have always had a passion for the military. Another reason I am attending MMA is because I felt like I needed to be more academically challenged.
How were you able to achieve the rank you are in now at MMA? I achieved my rank at MMA because I started off as a follower. Me being a follower at first let me see first hand the kinds of leaders there are. It allowed me to watch what worked and what didn’t work then apply it to my leadership style. All of this on top of the confidence I gained allowed for me to step up into a leadership position and become the person I am today.
What does it take to be a great leader? To me, being a great leader is all about taking someone, or a group, from where they are to where they need to be – make them grow. It takes patience. You have to learn to lead different types of people.
Past Featured Cadets
Pierre Bonnimond, Class of 2019
Giancarlo Betti Hernandez, Class of 2018
Alan Said Maccise, Class of 2019
Maxim Pepper of Austin, Texas, Class of 2018
Cal Horton of Fort Worth, Texas, Class of 2018
Philipp Slivko of Moscow, Class of 2017