Two local teens have been named semifinalists for the National Guard award in the 2017 Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year Awards.
16-year-old Amelia Bailey from St. Augustine and 17-year-old Sheryl Evans from Callahan are among 90 semifinalists nationwide.
Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization serving America's military families.
The organization has narrowed nearly 400 nominees for the awards down to the 90 semifinalists. Additionally, 20 semifinalists have been chosen out of 40 nominees for the 2017 Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation, which is presented by Booz Allen Hamilton.
Six of the award winners, ranging from ages 8 to 18 and also representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, will receive $10,000 each. They will be selected based on their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement.
The seventh award, open to those ages 13 to 18, is the Innovation award that Hamilton will be presenting. The winner of the award is one that shows the power of innovative thinking. Examples include a new invention, improvement to existing technology or creation of a new nonprofit.
The Innovation award recipient will earn $10,000 and a mentorship by Hamilton employees to help advance the winner’s project.
Each Child of the Year award semifinalist will be interviewed by a panel selected by Operation Homefront staff.
Award winners 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.
Hamilton will judge competitors for the Innovation award.
The winners will be flown to Washington, along with a parent or guardian, to receive the award from high-ranking military leaders.
More information about the Military Child of the Year Awards is available on their website.