(Tamuning, Guam) Thursday, October 13, 2022 - GTA is excited to announce this year's 2022- 2023 Youth Leader finalists and overall male and female winners. Guam’s telecommunications leader created the Youth Leader program in 2019 and has since given opportunities to future leaders who make positive changes in the community. An awards ceremony was held yesterday at the GTA Experience Center in Tamuning.
Roland Certeza, GTA CEO said, "The GTA brand is all about supporting our local community and we start with our youth. We are extremely proud of our Youth Leader program which recognizes the island’s up and coming high school students and provides resources to further develop their talents. Every year we are blown away by the quality of the students that apply, and we would like to congratulate our Finalists and Winners.”
*** GTA Youth Leaders Finalists, absent in this photo: Anherutowa Calvo
2022 – 2023 GTA Youth Leader Finalists:
Each Finalist receives a premium smartphone and a GTA mobile plan for the academic year.
**Photo Caption for photos below: Youth Leader Finalists with Sharon Davis, Vice President of Customer Experience at GTA, Andrew Gayle, Chief Operating Officer at GTA, Nathan Denight, Vice President of Marketing.
· Tavion Duenas, Junior, at Guam High School
-Member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society
-Attended the University of Southern California Summer Program for High School Students (Engineering)
- A member of the Guam High School Wrestling Team and a Purebred Jiujitsu practitioner
· Scott Aflague, Senior, Okkodo High School
-Battalion Commander for MCJROTC
-Member of the National Honor Society
- Member of the Church Youth Hospitality Team, Co-Captain for Cross-Country Team
- Recipient of the Commander Naval Airforce Flight Academy Scholarship
- Received his private pilot license at age 17
· Sophia Espaldon, Senior, Harvest Christian Academy
- Member of the Student Life Council
- PDN Vibe Reporter and now currently VIBE Co Editor
- Member of the NHS, Mu Alpha Theta Society (Vice President)
- Member of the Varsity Basketball Team
- Participated in local theater productions like Mamma Mia, Moana Jr
- Completed the Medical Internship at Guam Regional Medical City
· Bree Alyssa Collins, Senior, Guam High School
- Member of the National Technical Honor Society
- Senior Class President
- Member of the Manhoben Outrigger Paddling Team and a gray belt in Jiujutsu from Heights Academy
- Guam Youth Congress Representative for Tamuning, Tumon and Harmon
- First Place Winner at Guam History Day in 2022; Received the Indigenous Recognition Award from the College Board’s National Recognition Program
· Amber Pineda, Junior, Academy of our Lady of Guam
- Member of the Student Council
- President of the Green Club
- Treasurer of the Soroptimist Club
- Vibe Intern at PDN
· Anherutowa Calvo, Senior, GWHS
- President of the National Honor Society, VP of Student Body Association; President of the Marine Mania; Recipient of the Eloise Sanchez Award
- Created an outreach called BioVerse International’s Guam Council
- Volunteers at the Sagan Kotturan Chamoru’s Sprouts Academy
· Bianca Borja, Junior at JFKHS
- Class of 2024 class president
- Member of the National Honor Society, CFC Youth for Christ and the Girls Basketball Team
2022 -2023 Overall Male and Female Winners
In addition to the premium smartphone and a GTA mobile plan for the academic year, each Overall Winner receives a $1000 cash scholarship and 160,000 United Airline Miles.
· Mark Wang, Senior at St. John’s School
- Member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Tri M,
- Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Guam’s Economics for Success Program, a member of the JA Board of Directors, and was awarded President of the year for the JA Company Program for SY 2021-2022
- He’s an Eagle Scout and plays First Violin in Orchestra
· Cheyunne Ahn, Senior, Southern High School
- Vice President of the Student Body Association and Vice President of the National Honor Society
- Leads the Junior ROTC Program as the Battalion Commander for the Southern High Knight Battalion
- Captain of the Cross-Country Team and Spokesperson of the Governor’s Youth Advisory Council.
GTA provides complete communications services in Guam. These include local and long-distance telephone service, 3G, LTE, and 5G mobility service, High Speed Internet Access, Dedicated Ethernet, Carrier-Class High Capacity Services over SONET and SDH networks, and advanced television, or IPTV. GTA operates a data center on Guam offering a secure, managed environment for customers who need an alternative site for business data storage. The company also runs Guam’s first locally owned cable landing station and data center in Piti.
Based in Tamuning, Guam, GTA is a U.S. and locally owned company and locally managed. The company’s website is www.gta.net.