Havelock teen attends conference at the U.N.

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

"It’s taught me to basically get ahead on everything," he said. "I bring leadership. I’m confident. My pubic speaking is excellent. I’ve got opportunities. I’ve been offered a job before I even have a degree."

Messmer is the regimental sergeant major for the 1st and 2nd Batallion of the Young Marine organization in Eastern North Carolina, where he is in charge of 100 Young Marines. He spends 200 hours of community service each year.

"The main reason for volunteering for your community is because you want to change the outlook of the way people view you, and one thing that is very often stereotyped is that teenagers are destructive, not very reliable and the list could go on and on," he said. "One thing that you can do is set yourself apart from that stereotype by doing things for the community and helping it improve.

"Once I get out of school, I plan on finishing my degree for engineering in the avionics field and from there I plan on taking up a job offer that I was given to work in Huntsville, Ala., to work at Redstone Arsenal where I would be using my engineering degree, and then on the side I would be in the reserves program with the Marine Corps where I could still do my part for my service to the country." 

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