Winners Announced for 2011 Military Child of the Year Award

Mar 09, 2011, 14:25 ET from Operation Homefront

Deserving Young Patriots Will Win $5,000

SAN ANTONIO, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Operation Homefront today announced the five recipients of the 2011 Military Child of the Year® Award.  This year, for the first time, the award will be given to an outstanding military child from each Service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Each award recipient was chosen by a committee including active duty military personnel, Family Readiness Support Assistants, teachers, military mothers, and community members.  The five winners will receive $5,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition ceremony on April 7, 2011.    

"The sons and daughters of America's service members learn what patriotism is at a very young age," said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront.  "Children in military families demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.  This is what the Military Child of the Year® Award honors."

Following are the winners of the 2011 Military Child of the Year® Award.  Air Force: Nicole Goetz, 17 years old, 12th grade from Tyndall AFB, Fla.  Army: Kyle Hoeye, 16 years old, 11th grade from Tucson, Ariz.  Coast Guard: Margaret Rochon, 17 years old, 12th grade from Jacksonville, N.C.  Marine Corps: Taylor Dahl-Sims, 17 years old, 12th grade from Oceanside, Calif.  Navy: Melissa Howland, 17 years old, 12th grade from Millis, Mass.

Profiles of each award recipient can be found at

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