Military Child of the Year News and Announcements
February 25, 015
Finalists Announced for 2015 Military Child of the Year
Congratulations to the finalists for the 2015 Military Child of the Year. The top 5 from each branch of service are listed below.
2015 marks the seventh year Operation Homefront has presented the award, which will be given to one outstanding military child from each category: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard.
A panel of judges including senior retired service members, senior spouses, members of Operation Homefront’s Board of Directors, and other leaders in the military support community will select the award recipient for each branch. Award recipients will be announced in March.
Each award recipient will receive $10,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition ceremony on April 16, 2015.
“Our Military Child of the Year Award honors those young patriots who overcome the difficulties presented by deployments, relocations, and other challenges of military life," said Tim Farrell, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Homefront. “These exemplary young people set an example for others to emulate in their communities through leadership, resilience, and a commitment to excellence in all that they do.”
Following are the finalists for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award:
Leslie Chaffin - Age 17 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Savannah Hampton - Age 15 - Coal Valley, Ill.
Haleigh Hardie - Age 17 - Cadiz, Ky.
Cavan McIntyre-Brewer - Age 13 - Duncannon, Pa.
India Persaud - Age 17 - Appling, Ga.
Andre Briere - Age 17 - Tampa, Fla.
Sarah Hesterman - Age 16 - APO, Qatar
Jordyn McNeal - Age 8 - Trussville, Ala.
Kristen Ramer - Age 17 - APO, Korea
Bridget Ray - Age 16 - Burke, Va.
Jesse Calvert - Age 17 - Port Angeles, Wash.
Mary Kate Cooper - Age 15 - Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Madison Fairbanks - Age 16 - Frisco, N.C.
Chase Murphy - Age 16 - Mobile, Ala.
Caleb Parsons - Age 18 - Suffolk, Va.
Brady Jernigan - Age 17 - Alexandria, Va.
Mary Kochanski - Age 17 - Henderson, Nev.
Destiny Oakley - Age 17 - Quantico, Va.
Christopher-Raul Rodriguez - Age 17 - Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Briley Rossiter - Age 13 - Virginia Beach, Va.
Rachel Cousins - Age 18 - Westfield, Mass.
Michelle Gallant - Age 17 - Jacksonville, Fla.
Arial Jenkins - Age 16 - Sharpsburg, Ga.
Lily Moser - Age 13 - Portland, Ore.
Zachary Parsons - Age 16 - Warrensburg, Mo.
Michael Curtin - Age 16 - Alexandria, Va.
Emily Kliewer - Age 17 - Orlando, Fla.
Katlyn Logsdon - Age 17 - Virginia Beach, Va.
Corbyn McKinley-Piwonski - Age 17 - Honolulu, Hawaii
Brady Snyder - Age 17 - Virginia Beach, Va.
January 15, 2015
Semi-Finalists Announced for 2015 Military Child of the Year
Operation Homefront today announced the 156 semi-finalists – representing all five service branches – for the 2014 Military Child of the Year® Award. 2014 marks the sixth year that Operation Homefront has presented the award, which will be given to one outstanding military child from each branch of Service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Each semi-finalist will be interviewed by Operation Homefront staff, and award recipients will be chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veterans service organization leadership, teachers, and community members.
The recipient of the Military Child of the Year® Award for each branch of Service will be announced in March. Each award recipient will receive $5,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition ceremony on April 10, 2014.
Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year® Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.
“No one group makes a greater sacrifice of service than the children of those who choose to serve their country," said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront. "Our Military Child of the Year® Award honors those young patriots who overcome the challenges presented by deployments and relocations, who set an example for others to emulate in their communities through leadership, resilience, and a commitment to excellence in all that they do."
This year’s semi-finalists are a reflection of the diversity inherent through military service, representing 25 states, Puerto Rico, and and five overseas locations. Following are the semi-finalists for the 2014 Military Child of the Year® Award.
Hannah B. – Age 17 – Fort Belvoir, Va.
Jamal B. – Age 15 – Bitburg Airbase, Germany
Abby B. – Age 17 – Warner Robins, Ga.
Oriana C. – Age 8 – Sanford, N.C.
Meaghan C. – Age 10 – Feltwell, United Kingdom
Gage D. – Age 17 – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
Roberto D. – Age 18 – Roseville, Calif.
Zoe D. – Age 12 – Tuscson, Ariz.
Tasha D. – Age 17 – Panama City, Fla.
James F. – Age 18 – Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
Hunter J. – Age 13 – Universal City, Texas
Zachary L. – Age 12 – Vienna, Va.
Nicole L. – Age 15 – Warner Robins, Ga.
Holden M. – Age 12 – Spangdahlem Air Force Base, Germany
Ronald M. – Age 17 – Spanaway, Wash.
Mattie P. – Age 16 – Goldsboro, N.C.
Karrington P. – Age 13 – Sahuarita, Ariz.
Grace R. – Age 9 – Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany
Candace R. – Age 17 – Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
Karalynn S. – Age 17 – Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
Mallory S. - Age 8 - Box Elder, SD
Rebecca S. – Age 17 – Manassas, Va.
Soleil S. – Age 17 – Oak Harbor, Wash.
Caylin T. – Age 8 – Tuscon, Ariz.
Montianna T. – Age 15 – Tuscon, Ariz.
Leilani T. – Age 17 – Dumfries, Va.
Kade U. – Age 15 – Dayton, Ohio
Elizabeth V. – Age 18 – Huntsville, Ala.
Derrick W. – Age 14 – Poquoson, Va.
Jeffrey W. – Age 17 – Herndon, Va.
Jessica W. – Age 14 – Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
Haley W. – Age 12 – O’Fallon, Ill.
Zachary W. – Age 15 – Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Tony B. – Age 18 – Fort Knox, Ky.
Zachary B – Age 10 – Wahiawa, Hawaii
Vanessa C. – Age 16 – Colleyville, Texas
Angelyse C. – Age 9 – Pineville, N.C.
Alyssa C. – Age 13 – Fort Hood, Texas
Alana D. – Age 16 – Kaiserslautern, Germany
Caleb E. – Age 14 – King of Prussia, Pa.
Ian G. – Age 15 – Fort Knox, Ky.
Kenzie H. – Age 14 – Temecula, Calif.
Matthew H. – Age 17 – Watertown, N.Y.
Kianarose I. – Age 15 – Army Garrison Baumholder, Germany
Khadyajah J. – Age 15 – Universal City, Texas
Catalina L. – Age 14 – Fort Sill, Okla.
Caleb M. – Age 13 – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Carlos M. – Age 13 – Frederick, Md.
Rian M. – Age 11 – Fort Belvoir, Va.
Lorelei M. – Age 8 – Jefferson, Md.
Elsa M. – Age 18 – Fort Campbell, Ky.
Brooke N. – Age 17 – Reston, Va.
Elizabeth O. – Age 15 – Aberdeen, N.C.
Jonathan P. – Age 9 – Lecanto, Fla.
Jenna P. – Age 17 – Crestview, Fla.
Garrett R. – Age 12 – Killeen, Texas
Kevin R. – Age 17 – Fort Bragg, N.C.
Zachary S. – Age 12 – Fort Knox, Ky.
Christian S. – Age 15 – San Antonio, Texas
Austin S. – Age 18 – Columbus, Ga.
Noah S. – Age 17 – Libertyville, Ill.
Sualauvi T. – Age 13 – Kapolei, Hawaii
Caleb V. – Age 16 – Williamsburg, Va.
Audrey W. – Age 17 – Watertown, N.Y.
William Z. – Age 18 – Dexter, N.Y.
Connor B. – Age 14 – Bothell, Wash.
Chandel B. – Age 15 – Pearland, Texas
Evan C. – Age 8 – Vero Beach, Fla.
Juanita C. – Age 17 – Clearwater, Fla.
Tyrra C. – Age 17 – Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Roark C. – Age 13 – Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Mackenzie G. – Age 14 – Ranier, Wash
Zachary G. – Age 13 – Ranier, Wash.
Tyler H. – Age 18 – Kodiak, AK
Ryan H. – Age 17 – Chesapeake, Va.
Madison H. – Age 15 – Brentwood, Calif.
Olivia K. – Age 17 – Waldorf, Md.
Elizabeth K. – Age 14 – Chula Vista, Calif.
Aidan K. – Age 10 – Swansboro, N.C.
Kayleigh K. – Age 12 – Chesepeake, Va.
Kaylee M. – Age 10 -- Williamsburg, Va.
Meaghan M. – Age 17 – Duxbury, Mass.
Baylee M. – Age 16 – Honolulu, Hawaii
Alyra M. – Age 10 – Saint Marys, Ga
Jacy M. – Age 8 – Port Orchard, Wash.
Jake O. – Age 16 – Huntingtown, Md.
Alyssa S. – Age 14 – Davie, Fla.
Gabrielle S. – Age 13 – Juneau, Alaska
Kirie S. – Age 15 – East Haven, Conn.
Briana S. – Age 14 – Houston, Texas
Cadi T. – Age 15 – Camden, N.C.
Eligio U. – Age 13 – Birchwood, Tenn.
Matthew Y. – Age 18 – Fairhope, Ala.
Saige A. – Age 13 – San Diego, Calif.
Jose A. – Age 13 – Okinawa, Japan
Anjali B. – Age 10 – Woodbridge, Va.
Jayda B. – Age 13 – Camp Lejune, N.C.
Dawson C. – Age 12 – Kailua, Hawaii
Elizabeth D. – Age 16 – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Benjamin F. – Age 12 – New Bern, N.C.
Joshua F. – Age 10 – Jacksonville, N.C.
Andrameda G. – Age 15 – San Diego, Calif.
Sarah G. – Age 13 – Morehead City, N.C.
Nancy G – Age 11 – Hanover, Md.
Richard J. – Age 18 – Alexandria, Va.
Brady J. – Age 16 – Kaneohe, Hawaii
Michael-Logan J. – Age 15 – Kailua, Hawaii
Brock L. – Age 18 – Kailua, Hawaii
Keenan L. – Age 10 – Bethesa, Md.
Mary (Lizzie) M. – Age 14 – Havelock, N.C.
Logan M. – Age 9 – Kailua, Hawaii
Trai M. – Age 9 – Sneads Ferry, N.C.
Elizabeth M. – Age 12 – Pearl City, Hawaii
Destiny O. – Age 16 – Quantico, Va.
James O. – Age 16 – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Shane O. – Age 14 – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Noah P. – Age 15 – Havelock, N.C.
Gabrielle P. – Age 13 – Jacksonville, N.C.
Alexis R. – Age 17 – Waipahu, Hawaii
Aurea R. – Age 10 – Richlands, N.C.
Megan S. – Age 13 – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Kalena S. – Age 10 – Okinawa, Japan
Elizabeth S. – Age 16 – Fort Eustis, Va.
Darian W. – Age 13 – Oceanside, Calif.
Donovan B. – Age 8 – Jacksonville, Fla.
Gillian B. – Age 17 – Springfield, Va
Victoria B. – Age 15 – Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Angelica C. – Age 8 – El Paso, Texas
Nathan C. – Age 13 – Oak Harbor, Wash.
Claudia C. – Age 17 – NAS Lemoore, Calif.
Ryan C. – Age 17 – Corpus Christi, Texas
Amanda D. – Age 18 – Virginia Beach, Va.
Derrick F. – Age 11 – Virginia Beach, Va.
Sarah H. – Age 12 – Louisville, Ky.
Lyric H. – Age 16 – Orange Park, Fla.
Dakota H. – Age 9 – Norfolk, Va.
Sierra J. – Age 11 – California, Md.
Daniel K. – Age 14 – Lake Stevens, Wash.
Nicole L. – Age 17 – Pickerington, Ohio
Jasmyn M. – Age 17 – Oak Harbor, Wash.
Mackenzie M. – Age 8 – Fort Meade, Md.
Pristinavae M. – Age 17 – Virginia Beach, Va.
Molly M. – Age 16 – NAS Lemoore, Calif.
Corbyn M. – Age 16 – Honolulu, Hawaii
John M. – Age 18 – Vass, N.C.
McDaniel N. – Age 10 – Chula Vista, Calif.
DeJa P. –Age 13 – Chula Vista, Calif.
GiVahna P. – Age 16 – California, Md.
Julianna P. – Age 8 – NAS Lemoore, Calif.
Katarina Q. – Age 17 – Fallon, Nev.
Isabelle R. – Age 9 – Jamul, Calif.
Matthew S. – Age 17 – Jacksonville, Fla.
Grace T. – Age 15 – Cheshire, Conn.
Patrick W. – Age 14 – Pearl City, Hawaii
Eric W. – Age 13 – NAS Sigonella, Italy
Evan W. – Age 11 – Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Oct. 7, 2014
Operation Homefront is Accepting Nominations for Military Child of the Year® Award
New Award Category for National Guard Children
Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to military families, has announced that nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Awards are being accepted online at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org through December 12, 2014. Awardees will be recognized in April 2015.
Outstanding children of National Guardsmen will compete in their own award category for the very first time.
The Military Child of the Year Award® recognizes children who stand out among their peers. Ideal candidates for the award demonstrate resilience, strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. These young heroes embody leadership within their families and communities. Each nominee will receive a letter acknowledging his or her nomination.
“In the six years that Operation Homefront has presented the Military Child of the Year® Award, we have seen so many examples of courage, adaptability and perseverance. I’m looking forward to meeting the extraordinary young people who will receive our 2015 award,” said Tim Farrell, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Homefront. “In the face of relocations, separation from deployed parents, and all the other sacrifices of being part of a military family, these children thrive and so often set an example for their peers.”
This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the National Guard. The recipients each receive a $10,000 award and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special awards gala on April 16. In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, First Lady Michelle Obama, and philanthropist and singer Bret Michaels, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies.
Anyone can nominate a child. Family members, teachers, coaches, counselors, clergy, neighbors and friends are encouraged to nominate outstanding military children. For more information on how to nominate a child in your community or to see photos from past events, please log on to MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.
The Title Sponsor for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala is United Technologies Corporation. MidAtlanticBroadband is a Patriot-level sponsor. Additional sponsorships are available, and more information on sponsorships can be found at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.
March 27, 2014
Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey and Legendary Rocker Bret Michaels Headline Military Child of the Year® Gala
Mike Emanuel of Fox News to Emcee Operation Homefront Event
WASHINGTON – General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the Military Child of the Year® Award Gala on April 10, Operation Homefront announced today. The event recognizes the top military child from each of the five military services.
Adding star power to the Washington, D.C. gala with a keynote address will be legendary musician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Bret Michaels. Having grown up as a military child himself, Michaels is a supporter of Operation Homefront and recently visited wounded warriors at Operation Homefront Village in San Antonio.
Mike Emanuel, chief congressional correspondent for Fox News Channel, will emcee the dinner and award portion of the evening event. During his tenure at Fox News, Emanuel has provided live coverage of several national and international stories, including the 2005 Iraqi elections, the execution of former dictator Saddam Hussein, and several tours of Afghanistan.
“We’re excited to have a great program and some outstanding Americans to salute these five amazing military kids,” said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront. “The Military Child of the Year® Award honors the resiliency and service to country of our youngest heroes. These children thrive in the face of the challenges of military life with grace and courage, and use that experience to become leaders in their communities.”
2014 is the sixth year that Operation Homefront has presented the Military Child of the Year® Awards. The five awardees will receive $5,000 each and will be flown with a parent or guardian to our nation’s capital for the special recognition ceremony. The awards will be presented by senior leaders of each branch of service. From a pool of nearly 1,000 nominees, each award recipient was chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veteran service organization leaders, teachers, and community members.
The five award recipients for 2014 are Kenzie Hall, 16, of Temecula, Calif. representing the Army; Michael-Logan Burke Jordan, 15, of Kailua, Hawaii representing the Marine Corps; Ryan Patrick Curtin, 18, of Corpus Christi, Texas representing the Navy; Gage Alan Dabin, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska representing the Air Force; and Juanita Lindsay Collins, 17, of Clearwater, Fla. representing the Coast Guard.