Operation Homefront 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award
Operation Homefront's 10th annual Military Child of the Year event in April 2018 honored seven military children with its prestigious ... 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award ... who were recognized by senior military leaders, elected officials, celebrities, and other remarkable military children.
The Military Child of the Year® Award reflects the positive impact that these special young people have made on their military families, their schools, and their communities. They each received $10,000, a laptop computer, and other donated gifts. The Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation recipient will work directly with a Booz Allen Hamilton team to develop a plan to help scale the recipient’s project ... drawing on technology and strategic thinking as a part of the corporation’s competitive Summer Games.
“These seven award recipients are truly exceptional young people who have achieved much at such a young age in terms of academic achievement and service to others. They are remarkable representatives of a larger community of extraordinary military kids,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “The nearly 400 nominees we had for our tenth annual Military Child of the Year® Awards all personified resiliency, leadership, achievement, and strength of character. Their families and their communities can be justifiably proud of each of them – and we are too.”
Six recipients earned the award based on the armed forces branch in which a parent either serves or has served ... Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the National Guard, selected for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. Each service branch’s awardees were selected by a panel of independent volunteer judges with deep roots in the military-support community. The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation, presented by global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.
The 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award Recipients:
- Army: Rebekah Paxton, 17, Harrisonville, Missouri, home school
- Navy: Isabelle Richards, 13, Jamul, California, High Tech Middle School
- Marine Corps: Joshua Frawley, 14, Jacksonville, North Carolina, White Oak High School
- Air Force: Eve Glenn, 16, Tampa, Florida, T. R. Robinson High School
- Coast Guard: Roark Corson, 17, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Ocean Lakes High School
- National Guard: Aaron Hall, 16, Coarsegold, California, Minarets High School
- Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation: Shelby Barber, 17, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, James Campbell High School