Military Child of the Year Finalists Announced

They must demonstrate resilience, strength of character and thrive despite the challenges of military life. They’re leaders in their communities and helpers in their homes.

That’s what the Operation Homefront judges were looking for when they selected 25 finalists for the 2011 Military Child of the Year. This is the first year that a winner will be selected from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. That announcement will be March 9. Each winner will receive $5,000 a trip to Washington D.C. for a ceremony.

Following are the finalists for the 2011 Military Child of the Year® Award:

AIR FORCE
Hadiyyah Abdul-Jalaal
11 years old, 6th grade
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C.

Stephanie Ramer
15 years old, 10th grade
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz.

Karla Rogers
16 years old, 11th grade
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho

Tasha Duong
14 years old, 9th grade
Callaway, Fla.

Nicole Goetz
17 years old, 12th grade
Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla.

ARMY
Kyle Hoeye
16 years old, 11th grade
Tucson, Ariz.

Spencer Acuna
11 years old, fifth grade
Portland, Ore.

Lily Moser
9 years old, 4th grade
Tigard, Ore.

Shannon K. Nolan
14 years old, 9th grade
Ft. Riley, Kan.

Aturina Halverson
18 years old, 12th grade
Fort Campbell, Ky.

COAST GUARD
Emily Lloyd
18 years old, college freshman
Grove City, Pa.

Andrea Porrata
11 years old, 7th grade
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Mary Kate Cooper
11 years old, 5th grade
Waldorf, Md.

Kaila Elliott
18 years old, 12th grade
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Margaret Rochon
17 years old, 12th grade
Jacksonville, N.C.

MARINE CORPS
Isaiah Navarro
15 years old, 10th grade
Orange, Calif.

Taylor Dahl-Sims
17 years old, 12th grade
Oceanside, Calif.

Megan Tanner
12 years old, 6th grade
Saint Marys, Ga.

James Bushway V
16 years old, 10th grade
Camp Lejuene, N.C.

Alexis Weidley
15 years old, 10th grade
Camp Pendleton, Calif.

NAVY
Sean and Ryan Heady (twin brothers)
15 years old, 10th grade
Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Tyler Dodge
17 years old, 11th grade
Oak Harbor, Wash.

Derringer Kuriatnyk
17 years old, 12th grade
Ellerslie, Ga.

Melissa Howland
17 years old, 12th grade
Millis, Mass.

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Military Child of the Year – Nominations Anyone?

Willie Banks is Operation Homefront's 2010 Military Child of the Year. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

Do you know a child of a military family who is doing extraordinary things, volunteering, excelling at school, helping at home and in the community? Do you know a child showing incredible resilience and leadership while having a parent or parents on deployment?

Then, Operation Homefront wants you to nominate that child for its 2011 Military Child of the Year Award. The winners will receive $5,000 and be flown to Washington D.C. with a parent or guardian for a ceremony on April 7, 2011.

This is the third year for the award. Previously, only one child was selected to represent all military branches. The award has been expanded so this year one child each will be selected from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The five winners will be selected by Operation Homefront staff members and volunteer service members and spouses.

Last year’s winner, 10-year-old Willie Banks, helped to care for his younger sister when his mother deployed to Iraq. His father, an Army major, died when Willie was a toddler. He also volunteers at church, school and on the athletic field.

The 2009 winner, Brittany Wallace took the title. When her father was severely injured in Iraq, Brittany took over as head of the household while her mother tended to his rehabilitation. Brittany, who was 17 at the time, took care of her two younger siblings, cleaned the house and made meals –- all while keeping up her grades at school.

Nominees must have:
• Must have valid military ID or currently be enrolled in DEERS
• Must be between the ages of 8-18
• Must be able to travel to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony on April 7, 2011

Deadline for nominations is Jan. 31 which can be submitted online. Click here to nominate a child.

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