What Inspires You?

As I sit in my humanities class writing during some chaos! My school as amazing as it is , is on alert, police line the street in front of our school a security officer walks our halls (something that never happened in all the years the school exists) And a threat, whether it be a bad joke or a real threat now exists in my world. It is making me wonder What inspires you!

what inspires us to do good, do bad or do nothing at all!

My Momma and Dada say to me and my brothers and sister all the time “Be Inspired!”

I am realizing as I get older this means different things to different people. As military kids I think we got a huge gift from my Dada. It came wrapped and beautifully presented to us on the day we were born into this military Brats life. It was the gift of true grit! What was in that beautiful gift …. a huge empty box, but the learned ability that my siblings and I could fill it how we choose. We could take all the experiences we have as military kids, good challenging, ugly and beautiful and make them into what inspires us to be great!

I am not gonna lie we have a pretty positive family and that helps. But taking that true grit and using it to inspire your self and others can make the difference between being ordinary and great! It can be used to help inspire change ! It can be used to inspire others to make change! It can be used to impact the lives of others!

My Pops has deployed almost as many times as I have years on this earth. My big brothers are half that but the stories they tell us when they come home make that time apart a learning adventure. The challenges and positives inspire me to pass that true grit on.

We are safe in our bubble our teachers, advisors, police and our parents give us this gift today. But don’t wait to use your true grit. Inspire someone today!

What inspires you?



MCOY18 Finalists announced

Operation Homefront announced its Top Five finalists for MCOY 18. Congrats to all these awesometacular military kids! Inspire change and make the world a better place!

a special shout out to my little sister! You change the way people live everyday!The families and warriors you touch show how much we all appreciate them. Your Dove campaign has hanged our village of schools to empower girls to be strong and confident! For a little sister your ok!

super proud brother !

Congratulations to the top 5 finalists for 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award!

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 global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes to a military 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.

The following are the 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award finalists by service branch. Finalists for the 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation are also designated:

Air Force

Eve Glenn, 16, Tampa, FL (Glenn is also one of 4 finalists for the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation)

Hannah Cheater, 17, Las Vegas, NV

Benjamin Rawald, 15, Del Rio, TX

Braden Westby, 18, Vilonia, AR

Madison Williams, 18, Monument, CO


Rachel Ball, 17, Springfield, VA

Elizabeth Clinger, 17, Colorado Springs, CO

Hunter Hotaling, 16, Lansing, KS

Bryce Kim, 17, El Paso, TX

Rebekah Paxton, 17, Harrisonville, MO

Coast Guard

Allison Brozusky, 17, Middletown, RI

Roark Corson, 17, Virginia Beach, VA

Mattie Gross, 16, Kodiak, AK

Gabriel Niles, 15, Bennington, VT

Cody Watson, 18, Tuttle, OK

Marine Corps

William Butler, 16, Virginia Beach, VA

Katelyn Francis, 17, Havelock, NC

Joshua Frawley, 14, Jacksonville, NC

Taylor Pokorney, 17, Albany, OR

Elena Polinski, 17, Moundsville, WV (Polinski is also one of 4 finalists for the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation)

National Guard

Madisyn Clark, 17, Peoria, AZ

Aaron Hall, 16, Coarsegold, CA

Aiden Hunter, 16, Onalaska, WA

Koralys Rodriguez, 17, Statesville, NC

Jessica Walker, 17, Blanding, UT


Sidney Brown, 17, Wiggins, MS

James Cosman, 13, Quantico, VA

Elisabeth Lundgren, 17, Chula Vista, CA

Isabelle Richards, 13, Jamul, CA

Madison Walker, 17, Virginia Beach, VA

Innovation Finalists

Eve Glenn, 16, Air Force, Tampa, FL

Shelby Barber, 17, Air Force, Ewa Beach, HI

Elena Polinski, 17, Marine Corps, Moundsville, WV

Gavin Sylvia, 18, Army, Fort Campbell, KY

The finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges. The final award recipients for each branch of service will be announced in early March.

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 travel to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at the April 19 gala, 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.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of this special event — the nation’s premier celebration of the achievements of our military children.



The Story that changed my life

The Story of how I won Military child of the year; as iremember it. Remember it might not be time accurate I was only 9. Haha
My older brother Robert had nominated me for an award called Military Child Of The Year. The next day My mother brother and I flew to Washington D.C. as we arrived we were greeted by cherry blossoms and the wonderful scent they produce as we waited, we hailed a really interesting Taxi driver, 4 years later I cannot recall his name, but as he drove us to D.C. We learned that he drove the reporters to the Watergate Hotel during the Watergate scandal and he also marched with Martin Luther King Jr on the Washington March. It was the most interesting time of my life, hearing about one man’s life and how full it was. When we arrived at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, I was amazed by the grandeur of the hotel as we walked through the lobby and checked in. The beautiful tile held my attention for mere moments as my gaze wandered around the whole lobby. The whole lobby deshielded as though it was constantly being cleaned by Wrasse a cleaner fish. The attendant handed us our key we headed over to the elevator, to sleep off the jet lag.

The day after we had a banquet, there I saw Mr. Jay Anderson, the CEO of Operation Homefront California, the foundation that deemed me the youngest Navy Military Child of the Year. Mr. Jay is still one of the best people I know, and he loves riddles which kept us entertained during the in-between visiting of historical monuments. Then, I met the other 4 winners and their parents, the other winners were all teenage, college-bound girls. Then we went on a trip to see all the monuments. We took funny pictures with the Washington monument. Serious at the Lincoln memorial but they were overall pictures. After that, we came to a tour of the White House without our parents. The rooms were spectacular they gave a rustic sense of wonder yet maintained the lack of dust that means constant cleaning. The beautiful ornate rugs were vacuumed to the point that you could see the fine dust particles from our shoes. The air in the room was one of look but do not touch, a constant reminder. The paintings on the walls were so fine that not looking at them should be a crime. We were supposed to meet Michelle Obama, she canceled at the last moment, because of threats from out of country. As we progressed through the White House, we came to the Red Room and the whole group had been on our feet for a long time and we were very weary. There was a very comfortable chair in the Red Room, one of the winners sat on it. The Secret Service members came and told her to stand up and back away from the chair she backed away very slowly. Which was a sensible move because the man had appeared from thin air
The last night we were there we had a wonderful nine-course meal except for the cheesecake. Cheesecake is foul. The prime rib was phenomenal keeping the perfect balance of flavor and cookedness. That night the winners were given the award, a beautiful colored glass rectangle with a triangle resting upon the top. But before the, award was handed out we got to mingle with everyone including important people in the military. I was given a coin box by the CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) whose name is Admiral Greenert. The part of the room that I had met Admiral Greenert was dim with a slight coolness to it because we had a far proximity to the center of the room, Admiral Greenert and I were talking and the topic had changed to challenge coins. I answered his question that am I familiar with challenge coins because I had received a few earlier in the night. He hands me a box with his insignia on it. It was a beautiful hand tooled navy blue leather with a golden navy emblem in the center sparkling in the dim lighting. At this point, I was ready to hand him, a coin I had picked out. However, I was not sure which coin to use Then I said: “Do you know the Sailor’s Creed?” I knew he didn’t by the way his eyes went as wide as saucers and he calmly replied with a chuckle; “no I do not! ” Now this is the Chief of Naval Operations, a man who learned and repeated the Sailor’s Creed at least 1000 times in Officer training but, people forget things like I forgot the Taxi Driver’s name. I said well in case someone asks you again and I handed him with the one coin that I had picked out, with the tradition handshake slip. I knew it was the perfect choice of coins that I had brought with me. Because it had the sailor’s creed on the back.
Now I thought that was the end of that conversation but it wasn’t. As I listened to Sammy Davis, A Medal of Honor recipient, play his heartfelt harmonica and tell his stories of Vietnam. While I sat still in my seat thinking of my family who 4 out of the 8 are deployed, the Chief of Naval operations was called up to speak and give the award out. He recalled our conversation and him being the most important person in the Navy, common sense would dictate to not share this story. However he recanted our conversation about Challenge coins, he shared it with 3000 people. He told the story with glee he described his eyes get as wide as saucers and he even held up the coin! The one most important fact he told me was that never forget what you learn for you never know when it will come in handy.


Better than!

Better Than….. that has always bothered me when I here it . It means someone is comparing two or more items things or worst case people.

i hear Kid a time my school say”oh I know I am better than him becuase I made the robotics team” or “I am better than her because I have these cool kicks” but if we thought about the harsh context of what we said and the impact it can have on someone else, would we change it?

think about if you were over hearing the conversation. Think if it was a friend they were talking about .

We did a physiological project based on a tv show called what would you do.

it was eye opening to see the situations and the reactions it got. You can visit my public digital portfolio to view it.

is anyone’s really better than anyone else ? We all have our strengths some are better at showing them.

think hard next time you want to say better than!