Operation Homefront announces 2019 Military Child of the Year® Semifinalists

by Bruce Alexander
Operation Homefront

SAN ANTONIO — Operation Homefront, serving America’s military families® since 2002, today announced the 96 semifinalists for the 2019 Military Child of the Year® (MCOY) Award.  2019 marks the 11th anniversary of this special event as the nation’s premier celebration of the achievements of our military children.  

The Military Child of the Year® Award reflects the positive impact that these special young people have made on their military families, their schools, and their communities. 

Eve Glenn, the 2018 Air Force Child of the Year, said that the prestigious award has truly impacted her life; “Selection as a MCOY recipient has been life changing. Representing the Air Force, I pass on this honor by educating others on the military community and lifestyle, especially the hardships wounded veterans endure. Likewise, by allowing me the opportunity to focus on school rather than finances, MCOY was and is instrumental in my success.”  Glenn is currently a freshman on the varsity cheerleading team at Brown University.

The Military Child of the Year® Award is a lifelong source of pride for the recipients and the program provides them with amazing opportunities to meet senior military leaders, elected officials, celebrities, and other remarkable military children.  

“Being a MCOY recipient has allowed me to share my story… and has, in turn, strengthened my inner character, my devotion to making a difference, and deepened my compassion for others,” said Mary Cooper, the 2017 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year® Award recipient. Cooper is currently a freshman at Stanford University focusing on computer science, aeronautics, and astronautical engineering. 

Thirty-five finalists will be selected in February by a panel of judges chosen by Operation Homefront’s senior leadership and Booz Allen Hamilton, a global technology and management consulting firm. The final seven award recipients will be announced in March.  They will travel to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at a gala on April 18, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards.  They also will each receive $10,000, a laptop computer, and other donated gifts.

Six Military Child of the Year® Award recipients will represent each branch of the armed forces — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard — for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.  

The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen.  This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.  The MCOY Award for Innovation recipient will work directly with a team at the firm to develop a plan to help scale the recipient’s project — drawing on technology and strategic thinking as a part of the corporation’s competitive Summer Games.

The following are all the 2019 Military Child of the Year® Award semifinalists by service branch.  Semifinalists for the 2019 Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation are also designated:

Army

Gregory Davis, 17, Tampa, Fla.
Abigail Faust, 16, Cadiz, Ky.
Isaac Gonzalez, 18, Universal City, Texas
Jason Herlick, 17, Adams, Tenn.
Hunter Hotaling, 17, Lansing, Kan.
Peter Leffler, 14, Fairfax, Va.
Elisabeth Polleys, 16, Macomb, Mich.
Elisa Rich, 16, Clemmons, N.C.
Catherine Roller, 18, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sarah Schaefer, 17, Stafford, Va.
Obadiah Scroggins, 13, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Noah Sylvia, 18, Fort Hood, Texas
Anna Torres, 15, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Marisol Wentling, 14, Fort Benning, Ga.
Katherine Wilton, 17, Dupont, Wash.

Marine Corps

William Butler, 17, Virginia Beach, Va.
Jaidah Davis, 17, Okinawa, Japan
Sofia Gibson, 16, Chesapeake, Va.
Logan Harrell, 17, Stafford, Va.
Jaxson Jordan, 13, Tarawa Terrace, N.C.
Elvine Katanga, 16, Jacksonville, N.C.
Elizabeth Kellum, 17, Jacksonville, N.C.
Ethan Ley, 13, Highland Park, Ill.
Julia Livingston, 17, Okinawa, Japan
•    Livingston is also one of 10 semifinalists for the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation
Karina Maciel, 15, Kailua, Hawaii
William Moseley, 18, Okinawa, Japan
Connor Salcido, 17, Gaithersburg, Md.
Haes Shake, 17, Hubert, N.C.
Briana Torres, 18, San Marcos, Calif.
Jacob Woodall, 14, Crestview, Fla.

Navy

Avery Alfonzo, 14, San Diego, Calif.
Zaira Alvarez, 17, Pensacola, Fla.
Danielle Bilotta, 16, Albuquerque, N.M.
Mahlon Catalina, 17, Hanford, Calif.
James Cosman, 14, Joint-Base Andrews, Md.
Ronald Eytchison, 17, Huron, Ohio
Declan Fletcher, 17, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sawyer Getschman, 16, Germany
Payton Godlewski, 17, Germany
Jack Lund, 18, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Elisabeth Lundgren, 18, Chula Vista, Calif.
Celine Maharaj, 17, Norfolk, Va.
Mary McLellan, 17, England
Nickolas Moncilovich, 16, Drexel Hill, Pa.
Isabella White, 14, Jacksonville, Fla.

Air Force

Shaylee Barber, 16, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Madeline Bland, 17, Alton, Ill.
Audrey Camper, 14, Talofofo, Guam
Jakob Fick, 15, Fayetteville, N.C.
Jaidyn Fountain, 13, Wichita Falls, Texas
Diana Fudge, 13, Kathleen, Ga.
Salysia Jimenez, 15, New Bern, N.C.
Joshua Kelly, 14, Italy
Brandon Mammano, 18, Mililani, Hawaii
•    Mammano is also one of 10 semifinalists for the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation
Isabella Mollison, 18, Japan
Benjamin Rawald, 16, Del Rio, Texas
Skyler Roper, 14, Helotes, Texas
Michaela-Katherine Taylor, 17, Germany
•    Taylor is also one of 10 semifinalists for the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation
Jonathan Thomas, 17, Germany
Brian Thompson, 16, Bel Air, Md.

Coast Guard

Kailey Aponte, 14, Aguadilla, P.R.
Giovanni Beltran, 14, Slidell, La.
Shannon Campbell, 17, Saint Johns, Fla.
Emma Fike, 17, Fairhaven,  Mass.
Joshua Fisher, 13, Bluffton, S.C.
Mackenzie Godfrey, 14, Corpus Christi, Texas
Mattie Gross, 17, Kodiak, Alaska
Emily Light, 17, Port Angeles, Wash.
Hennessy Martinez, 16, San Diego, Calif.
Kylie McGuire, 17, Hamilton, N.J.
Hazel Romero, 14, Madisonville, La.
Tyler Schultz, 16, Forestdale, Mass.
Tyler Shiflett, 17, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Erin Tabor, 13, Summerville, S.C.
Sarah Williams, 16, Macclenny, Fla.

National Guard

Brennan Palani Buccat, 18, Waipahu, Hawaii
Katja Grisham, 17, Auburn, Ala.
Caleb Johnson, 17, Bakersfield, Calif.
Cameron Lantagne, 16, Vancouver, Wash.
Jack Leipertz, 17, Powhatan, Va.
Maycie Madsen, 18, Richfield, Utah
Lauren McKenna, 17, Meridian, Idaho
•    McKenna is also one of 10 semifinalists for the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation
Campbell Miller, 17, Ontario, Ohio
Clayton Miller, 15, Petersburg, Ill.
Kaley Mulligan, 13, Haven, Kan.
Matthew Ospina, 17, Marysville, Wash.
Koralys Rodriguez, 18, Statesville, N.C.
Dakota Scott, 15, Fort Greely, Alaska
Carlos Vega, 17, Leavenworth, Kan.
Rachel Warner, 17, Roosevelt, N. J. 

Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation

Jordan Daugherty, 17, Staten Island, N.Y., Army
Megan Green, 16, Whispering Pines, N.C., Air Force
Julia Livingston, 17, Okinawa, Marine Corps
Brandon Mammano, 18, Mililani, Hawaii, Air Force
Troy Mills Marin, 17, Brownsville, Texas, Coast Guard
Lauren McKenna, 17, Meridian, Idaho, Army
Yohanna Torres Sanchez, 17, Orlando, Fla. Army
Michaela-Katherine Taylor, 17, Germany, Air Force
Jessica Vanstory, 17, Maple Hill, Kan., National Guard
Sophie Williams, 17, Japan, Navy

More information about the Military Child of the Year® Awards is available at www.militarychildoftheyear.org.

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