AMR teens are encouraged to reach their potential

| July 1, 2011 | 1 Comment
AMR teens present Jeannine Wiercinski (center) with a giant “thank you” card and goodie basket, June 17, at the AMR Teen Center. Wiercinski spoke to the teens about leadership and doing the right thing. (Courtesy of U.S. Army-Pacific Public)

AMR teens present Jeannine Wiercinski (center) with a giant “thank you” card and goodie basket, June 17, at the AMR Teen Center. Wiercinski spoke to the teens about leadership and doing the right thing. (Courtesy of U.S. Army-Pacific Public)

Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION — As a child, she was never good at anything creative.

In fact, Jeannine Wiercinski, spouse of Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, sang so badly that her family wouldn’t even let her sing “Happy Birthday.”

When she auditioned for her school play, to show her family that she was going to be great at something, she didn’t get a role. She came home crying, but her mother told her that she was made for a much bigger purpose — to sit in the audience and applaud.

“Applauding is what I am good at, and I applaud you for who you are and what I know that you’re going to do in the future,” Wiercinski said at the AMR Teen Center’s “Go Army Week” program, here, June 17.

She challenged the teens to embrace their differences. She also emphasized that everyone has the potential to do something great, and she reminded the teens that each of them has the responsibility to do something with that potential.

“Wiercinski greatly impressed the teens with her mentorship and guidance,” said Nelson Acosta, director; Teen Center; Child, Youth and School Services; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “The teens really got a good message from someone that really cares for them and understands what they face growing up.”

Go Army Week hosted a variety of events to engage AMR teens.

“We took the teens to Tripler Army Medical Center for job shadowing (and) the Army Community Center for budgeting classes,” Acosta said. “They also worked with Soldiers who showed them combat lifesaving techniques.

“We wanted them to get a feel of what it’s like to be in the military and the life skills that they will have to learn to be successful,” he said.

 

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  1. Doug Sherba says:

    What a great article! Keep them coming, Aloha!

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