“A leader is someone who provides purpose, motivation and direction. He is not afraid to make a decision and does what he believes is the right thing. He faces the consequences if his decision is wrong. He influences others through motivation to accomplish tasks in a timely manner. Most importantly, he understands and knows his subordinates, and you lead by setting the example.”

Age: 16

School: Broadmoor High School, junior

Parents: Hoa Huynh and Kim Banh


Book: “Deep and Dark and Dangerous” by Mary Downing Hahn

TV show: “Hawaii Five-0”

Movie: “The A-Team”

Music: R&B

Hangout: “At my temple” (the Tam Bao Temple)

Role model: “My brother, who is also in the military” (Danny Huynh, a U.S. Marine)

Extra: Cadet Command Sgt. Derek Huynh won the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Education and Training II Cadet of the Year Board Award. He is the Buccaneer Battalion’s senior noncommissioned officer for the Broadmoor High Cadet Corps, a member of the Drill Team and Color Guard and the Saber Team commander. He enjoys playing sports, working out and cooking.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor