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 - Alabama
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.