MORRISVILLE, NY, (June 24, 2013)—Cpl Richard Marko III, a recruiter at Recruiting Substation Utica, NY, leads his formation of boys at the annual New York American Legion Boy's State at the State University of New York, Morrisville, June 24, 2013.
Marko, a native of Newport, NY and 2009 graduate of West Canada High School, is a 2008 Boy's State alum. After attending Boy's State, Marko decided to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserves, forgoing an ROTC scholarship for a stint in the Marines as an aircraft maintenance administration specialist.
Boy's State is a week-long civics and government camp for incoming high school seniors sponsored by the American Legion designed to give participants a better understanding of American governance and introduce them to the Marine Corps.
Marines from RS Albany, RS New York, and RS Buffalo, volunteer their time to assist the American Legion during Boy's State each year. The Marines teach their boys basic drill and ceremony, physical fitness, and Marine Corps ethics. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Sgt Timothy T. Parish)(RELEASED)