During my High School career, I was a member of my school's Junior ROTC unit, where I held various leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility, to include the land navigation team leader for two years and the unit's Operation's Officer for one year. During this time, I was awarded the "Stephen Decatur Jr. Leadership Award" for superior leadership skills (2005). Additionally, I was inducted into the "Who's Who Among American High School Students" in 2005 for superior academic and civic leadership performance.
During my free time away from school, I also volunteered at the US Army's Military Awards Branch. While there, I conducted research on awards and decorations cases for current and former soldiers and also assisted in research for numerous unit award recommendations. My service there directly contributed to a significant reduction in the overall backlog of cases seen by that organization. In recognition of my service, I was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Headquarters, Department of the Army that was presented to me by the Branch Chief.
Further, I was a member of the Civil Air Patrol for four years. This organization, the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, allowed me to further develop and expand my leadership capabilities by exposing me to various leadership positions, also with increasing levels of responsibility. These positions included me assuming the duties as the unit First Sergeant and Administrative Officer Assistant. While serving in the Civil Air Patrol, I successfully completed the Middle-East Region's Cadet Leadership School in the summer of 2007, where I was awarded the Commandant’s Award for academic and leadership skills. I was also awarded the Billy Mitchell Award by the Civil Air Patrol in 2007 for longevity of service, leadership, academic, and discipline skills.
I am currently a student at Montgomery College studying Physics and Mathematics. I am also currently the president of Montgomery College's Germantown-Campus Mathematics Club, and have been in that position for one year. While in that position, I was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the school's Office of Student Life for community service work that I performed. Also at Montgomery College-Germantown, I am a member of the Renaissance Scholars Program, that school's nationally-recognized honors program. As a member of that program, I have been awarded a Certificate of Completion for completion of a dual-track study program in Sociology and Literature. During my period of study at Montgomery College, I submitted a detailed paper on current and future efforts aimed at scientific exploration for extrasolar planets in the universe to the 2009 Beacon Conference. After graduating from Montgomery College in 2010, I plan to continue my studies at Towson University where I will complete my bachelor's degree while majoring in Astrophysics.