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U.S. Marine Sgt. Roderick Evans presents Natasha Kusibab an invitation to attend the 2017 Battles Won Academy at Brentwood High School, Brentwood, Tennessee, on May 9, 2017. The Battles Won Academy will bring together 96 of the country’s top student-leaders July 13-17 in Washington D.C. The program provides Marines with several opportunities to purposefully engage the student leaders and share leadership lessons that will enhance their future success. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mandaline Hatch)

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Battles Won Academy Selection

1 Jun 2017 | Sgt. Mandaline Hatch 6th Marine Corps District

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The United States Marine Corps is pleased to announce that Natasha Kusibab of Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, was selected to participate in the 2017 Battles Won Academy, July 13-17, in Washington D.C. Natasha was selected not only for her athletic performance but for outstanding character, academic excellence, and community leadership that reflects the Marine Corps’ values of honor, courage, and commitment. Natasha and her mentor, Belinda Kusibab, will be able to join other outstanding leaders in D.C this summer.

“I thought I’ll give it a chance, I didn’t think I’d get in,” Natasha said. “So I got in! 

The Battles Won Academy will bring together approximately 100 of the country’s top student-leaders for a week in the nation’s capital. The program provides Marines with several opportunities to purposefully engage the student leaders and share leadership lessons that will enhance their future success. 

“I’m really excited to hear what they have to say about different ideas,” Natasha said. 

The Battles Won Academy taps into the irreducible essence of the Marine Corps, which is the fighting spirit of the Marine. The essence of the Marines individually and collectively is the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat an opposing force – whether personal or on behalf of our nation and its communities.

For more information about the academy, contact Sgt. Mandaline Hatch at 615-975-8422 or mandaline.hatch@marines.usmc.mil.

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