GTA has announced this year’s 2021-2022 Young 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 youth who continue to excel and lead positive change in the community while demonstrating academic excellence,” said Roland Certeza, President and CEO of GTA. “Our Young Leaders Program is a platform for our future leaders to develop their skills and prepare them for success. We look forward to seeing them grow into leaders on the island.”
Here’s a bit more about 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, placing in All-Island Cross-Country and Track & Field.
• Active in many clubs including Island Student Council and WAY Student Council.
• Avid triathlete placing in Guam National Triathlons and is a Cocos Crossing champion in his division.
• Participated in Oceania and Pan-Pacific Championships and Pacific Games.
Grace Anne Dela Cruz – senior, Simon Sanchez High School:
• Vice President of the Island Student Council.
• SSHS Representative from 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 advocating for the protection and promotion of the island’s environmental culture and sovereignty rights.
• Interne with Nihi – who works to build for future generations in Guam and advocates for the protection of Guam’s North Lens aquifer.
• 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 Guam Island Science Fair.
• Won bronze at the International Young Scientists Conference in Belgrade and silver at the International Young Scientists Innovation Exhibition in Malaysia.
Neleh-Jan Leon Guerrero – senior, Guam High School:
• Received the Marianas Region Junior Student Excellence Award.
• Led his club to third place overall on the LEGO Island/Underwater Robotics Engineer/Systems Manager.
• President of the Superior Council of the SGH.
• Member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.
• Guam High School Practical Nurse, with a passion to become a Certified Practical Nurse.
• Nominated 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 in a 529b account with ASC Trust and up to 160,000 airline mile points to compete in arts, sports or academically approved.