Lejeune has been represented in the top awards the past 2 years

Operation Homefront is accepting nominations for the 2017 Military Child of the Year awards.

The recipients, ages 8 to 18, will be selected based on their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement. The six winners representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard receive $10,000. Lejeune has been represented the past two years of the award: The 2016 Military Child of the Year for the Navy was Jeffrey Burds; and the 2015 Marine Corps award went to Christopher-Raul Rodriguez.

A seventh award, open to ages 13 to 18, is the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. This award recognizes the power of innovative thinking such as a new invention, improvement to an existing technology or creation of a new nonprofit. The Innovation Award winner will earn $5,000 and a mentorship by Booz Allen Hamilton employees to scale or advance the winner’s project.

Every winner will be flown to Washington along with a parent or guardian to receive the award from high-ranking military leaders.

Anyone interested in nominating a deserving youth may do so online at militarychildoftheyear.org.

Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 5.