Digiovanni Wins Trim­ble Award

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Kalaheo High School se­nior Storme DiGiovanni may find it chal­leng­ing to stay on task for grad­u­a­tion in May, as she seems to be fly­ing all over the place on be­half of the Young Marines. But re­cent hon­ors in­di­cate she’s up for it.

DiGiovanni, 18, at­tended the black- tie Veter­ans Con­fer­ence in Washington, D.C., last Oc­to­ber to ac­cept the Jim­mie Trim­ble Schol­ar­ship Award and will fly to Guam and Iwo Jima March 7 for the an­nual Re­u­nion of Honor trip re­lated to her award. DiGiovanni and Gianni Mat­tucci of Baltimore are the 2013 win­ners of the award for those who “ex­em­plify Trim­ble’s fine qual­i­ties and fight­ing spirit.”

Trim­ble died a hero at the bat­tle of Iwo Jima in 1945. He en­listed as a pri­vate in the Third Marine Di­vi­sion and was sent to Guam fol­low­ing its lib­er­a­tion. An out­stand­ing player on the di­vi­sion’s al­ls­tar base­ball team, he then signed up for the Iwo Jima cam­paign and was killed by a sui­cide bomber who jumped into his fox­hole. His di­vi­sion’s home field on Guam was re­named Trim­ble field soon af­ter his death.

DiGiovanni, mean­while, joined the Young Marines in 2006 on Ok­i­nawa, com­plet­ing its boot camp there. By 2008 she was a staff sergeant in the group, a na­tional non­profit for ages 8 to 18 that pro­motes lead­er­ship, ser­vice and self-dis­ci­pline.

Dur­ing her fam­ily’s mil­i­tary trans­fers, she joined a YM unit in Mary­land, com­pleted its lead­er­ship school in North Carolina, moved to Hawaii last sum­mer — and helped open a new YM unit, the Pyra­mid Rock Young Marines.

Now a sergeant ma­jor, she earned the unit’s high­est honor, the Distin­guished Or­der of Merit, in De­cem­ber.

By the way, she and her fel­low YM mem­bers seek more re­cruits, mil­i­tary or civil­ian. Email pyra­midrockYM@gmail.c om or call 443-975-6805.

Kalaheo se­nior Storme DiGiovanni

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