Photo Credit: courtesy of the University of Maryland ROTC battalion
Cadet Mariya Golotyuk, cadet battalion commander at the University of Maryland ROTC detachment, hugs the school's Terrapin mascot in front of the stadium on the College Park, Md., campus. Born in a "small, gray Soviet town" in Ukraine, Golotyuk is eager to serve the country that has given her so much. Through hard work and perseverance, she earned the highest cadet ranking at Cadet Command's 2011 Leader Development and Assessment Course. She will branch military intelligence when she graduates from Maryland's graduate accounting program in spring 2012.