Congratulations to the top 5 finalists for 2016 Military Child of the Year Award!
Award recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges, to include senior retired service members, senior spouses, members of Operation Homefront’s board of directors, and other leaders in the military support community.
The recipient of the Military Child of the Year Award for each category 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 gala on April 14.
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 also demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.
The following are finalists for the 2016 Military Child of the Year.
Madeline Gabriel - Age 18 - Springfield, Va.
Lacey Littleon - Age 17 - Milton, Fla.
Madeleine Morlino - Age 17 - Moorestown, N.J.
Jordyn McNeal - Age 9 - Alabama
Hailie Wright - Age 16 - Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Olivia Diaz- Age 18 - Hattiesburg, Miss.
Gabrielle Largoza - Age 17 - Shavano Park, Texas
Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer - Age 10 - Duncannon, Penn.
Elizabeth O'Brien - Age 17 - Aberdeen, N.C.
Mary Turpin- Age 17 - Wahiawa, Hi.
Keegan Fike - Age 17 - Fairhaven, Mass.
John McCarthy - Age 17 - Highland Beach, Md.
Chase Murphy - Age 17 - McLean, Va.
Gabriel Niles - Age 13 - Bennington, Vt.
Giavanna Vinciguerra - Age 10 - Mystic, Conn.
Jackson Beatty - Age 16 - Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Peter Bonacci - Age 18 - Havelock, N.C.
Carson Butler - Age 17 - Virginia Beach, Va.
Christian Fagala - Age 9 - Quantico, Va.
Grace Frazier - Age 17 - Swansboro, N.C.
Amelia Bailey - Age 15 - Saint Augustine, Fla.
Michelle Gallant - Age 18 - Green Cove Springs, Fla.
Jodi Johnson - Age 17 - Pleasant Grove, Utah
Mya Kough - Age 18 - Yorba Linda, Calif.
John "Trip" Landon - Age 17 - Ellensburg, Wash.
Jeffrey Burds - Age 17 - Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Gavin Moulton - Age 18 - Virginia Beach, Va.
Benjamin Phelps - Age 17 - Lakeland, Tenn.
Isabelle Richards - Age 11 - Jamul, Calif.
Mariah Warner - Age 17 - New Bern, N.C.
United Technologies Corp. is the presenting sponsor for the Military Child of the Year Awards Gala. Other sponsors are Southern New Hampshire University, Wounded Warrior Project, Murphy Goode Winery, Booz Allen Hamilton, MidAtlanticBroadband, and Aflac. Operation Homefront will present the inaugural Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Award for Military Children at the gala.