Congratulations to the finalists for the 2013 Military Child of the Year® Award! The top 5 from each branch of service are listed below.
The recipient will be chosen by a committee including retired military leadership, teachers, veteran service organization leaders, military mothers, and community members.
The recipient of the Military Child of the Year® Award for each branch of Service will be announced March 5. 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 11, 2013.
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.
"The sons and daughters of America's service members learn responsibility and citizenship at a very young age," said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront. "Children in military families understand sacrifice, service, and strength of character. This is what the Military Child of the Year® Award honors."
Caitlin Horner - Age 16 - Yorktown, Va.
Azalee McAlpine - Age 17 - Biloxi, Miss.
Mark Newberry - Age 17 - Fairchild AFB, Wash.
Elizabeth Urtso - Age 17 - Andrews AFB, Md.
Derrick Wallis - Age 13 - Poquoson, Va.
Isabelle Berry - Age 13 - Harker Heights, Texas
Loran Cook - Age 18 - El Paso, Texas
Nicole Daly - Age 16 - Fort Lee, Va.
Haleigh Grimes - Age 17 - Chesterfield, Va.
Hunter Hotaling - Age 11 - Valrico, Fla.
Reino Graves - Age 14 - Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Keandra McDonald - Age 14 - Bellingham, Wash.
Reagan Smith - Age 12 - Sequim, Wash.
Amanda Wimmersberg - Age 18 - McGuire AFB, N.J.
Matthew Yarbrough - Age 17 - Fairhope, Ala.
Matthew Graham - Age 17 - Bristow, Va.
Michael-Logan Jordan - Age 13 - Kailua, Hawaii
Kelly Kochanski - Age 17 - Meridian, Miss.
Abigail Perdew - Age 17 - Bahrain
Salvatore Sablan - Age 16 - Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Alexander Burch - Age 17 - Grand Forks, N.D.
Daniel Knolla - Age 13 - Lake Stevens, Wash.
Jack Lund - Age 12 - Corpus Christi, Texas
Jackson Seniff - Age 14 - Coronado, Calif.
Tyler Zimmerman - Age 17 - Suffolk, Va.