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Keystone School senior presented Excellence in Leadership Award Cpl. Stanley Cao

Isaiah Thompson, Keystone School senior, poses for a photo after being presented the Excellence in Leadership Award during a for graduating seniors at the during the 40th Annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention luncheon for graduating seniors at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., March 28, 2014.The National Society of Black Engineers, founded in 1971, increased the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically and positively impact the community. This is the fourth year the Marine Corps has partnered with NSBE. The United States Marine Corps also recognizes this event as a valuable opportunity to foster positive relationships with members, share the Marine story, demonstrate enthusiasm for the Corps and reinforce the idea of the armed services as a viable career option within the African American Community. There are currently 21,000 African American men and women serving in the United States Marine Corps, making up approximately 10% of the force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Stanley Cao)

SAN ANTONIO - Isaiah Thompson was awarded the Marine Corps “Excellence in Leadership Award” March 28, 2014, at the 40th annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention.

The National Society of Black Engineers is a nonprofit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of black engineering and technical students and professionals. It offers members leadership training, professional and academic development, mentoring opportunities, and scholarships. NSBE is one of the largest student-run societies, comprised of more than 400 chapters, nationwide and overseas.

During a luncheon for graduating seniors, Thompson was recognized by the Marine Corps for his academic success and the impact he has made in his community.

Thompson was named 2013 National Merit Commended Student, a National Achievement Finalist, and an AP Scholar with Distinction for excelling academically his senior year at Keystone School in San Antonio. He is also a leader in NSBE on the local and regional levels. He served as his chapter’s financial secretary, secretary, vice president and 2013-2014 president of the San Antonio NSBE Jr. Chapter.

Thompson has dedicated over 300 hours of service and has made a positive impact on his community. He was later recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Volunteer Service Gold and Bronze awards.

The Marine Corps is in its fourth year of partnering with NSBE. The Corps hopes to use the partnership to reach women and men like Thompson in an effort to foster relationships and educate about military opportunities. The Marine Corps is dedicated to continuing the legacy of honor, courage and commitment through the recruitment of qualified and skilled leaders.

Thompson has considered a possible career in the Marine Corps but plans to pursue his dream of starting his own company.

“I plan to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business so I can hopefully start my own company,” said Thompson.


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Date Taken:03.31.2014

Date Posted:03.31.2014 11:14

Location:SAN ANTONIO, TX, USGlobe


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