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Two OCS Students Marine Corps Finalists for 2017 Military Child of the Year

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The top five branch finalists for the 2017 Military Child of the Year award were announced Feb. 15, and two of the Marine Corps finalists are OCS high school students.

Brooke Gruber, 17, of Northside High School and Jennifer Narvaez, 16, of Swansboro High School are among the finalists according to a release by Operation Homefront.

Operation Homefront's annual awards recognize six outstanding young people ages eight to 18. Each of them represent a branch of the armed forces for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.

A single branch specific finalist will be chosen in March for the running of the overall 2017 Military Child of the Year award.

These students were chosen after an interview with a panel of judges that include senior retired service members, senior spouses, members of Operation Homefront's board of directors, and other leaders in the military support community.

The next step involves a review of their overall nomination information as well as notes from their interviews by a new set of judges that have not previously evaluated the trio.

Gruber and Narvaez are two of 400 national and international students originally selected as semi-finalists in January.

Here is the link to the JDNews story on the three local student finalists http://www.jdnews.com/news/20170215/update-meet-area-finalists-for-2017-military-child-of-year-award

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