I grew up in the city of Trenton, NJ. I dealt with many of the social conditions that a lot of young boys and girls still face today. Poverty, hunger, street violence, family neglect, boredom (Trenton doesn't have many opportunities for children after school). I met the director of this org and she invited me, pending my GPA met the team's qualifications, to audition for the drill team. I had never been on one before but I decided, since I didn't have anything to do, that I would try out. I made it. And I loved it. We travelled far and wide. We went to Las Vegas, NV; Atlanta, GA; Rochester, NY and so many other places. They gave me an opportunity to see things I never dreamed I could. I spoke about my position as Team Captain in my college application and I believe my passion for the team is what allowed me admission to Rutgers University. As of May 2011, I am the first person in my family to ever go, and graduate, to college. I attribute my success to the drill team and the leaders of the team. When my house burned down while I was still in high school, the team director took me into her home; her family. She raised me and made sure I made it through high school successfully. This organization is a family oriented team. If you are not family, we make you family. It gives boys and girls, ages 4-18, something to do when the rest of the city closes. It teaches you disipline and teaches you excellence. To always go for the gold and to strive to succeed. Thank you NMDT!!!