5 Local Teens are Semifinalists for Military Child of the Year

The five semifinalists from Hampton Roads: Elisa Avila (center) from Norfolk, William Butler (top left), Roark Corson (bottom left), Madison Walker (top right) and Shelby Peck (bottom right), all from Virginia Beach. Photo courtesy: Operation Homefront.

Five Hampton Roads teenagers have been named among the 95 national semifinalists for the 2018 Military Child of the Year Award, sponsored by Operation Homefront.

2018 will mark the tenth anniversary of this special event which is a way for the nation to recognize the achievements of these military children.

The award honors the children of all branches of the armed forces who’ve made positive impacts in their families, schools and communities.

Local semifinalists include:

  • Elise Avila, 17, Norfolk, Va., Navy
  • William Butler, 16, Virginia Beach, Va., Marine Corps
  • Roark Corson, 17, Virginia Beach, Va., Coast Guard
  • Shelby Peck, 17, Virginia Beach, Va., Navy
  • Madison Walker, 17, Virginia Beach, Va., Navy

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.

The final seven award recipients will be treated to a gala on April 19 in Washington D.C., where senior leaders from each branch of the military will present the awards. The winners will also receive $10,000, a laptop computer and other donated gifts.

Six individuals will receive Military Child of the Year awards — one for children from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.  Those will be awarded based on 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 global technology and consulting firm Booze Allen Hamilton. This award will go to the child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.

The Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation recipient will work directly with a Booz Allen Hamilton team 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.

Visit Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year Award website for more information.