Camp Lejeune teen receives Marine Corps Military Child of the Year Award

Jackson Beatty, center in photo

ARLINGTON, Va. - Lejeune High School senior Jackson Beatty was in Arlington, Va. Thursday night to receive his honor as the Operation Homefront 2017 Marine Corps Military Child of the Year.

Beatty was of six winners from one of the branches of our military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy. An Award for Innovation was also handed out. The ninth annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala recognized each of the winners.

According to a press release, six Military Child of the Year Award winners ages 8 to 18, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, will receive $10,000 each. They were selected based on their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement.

It's the third straight year a student from Lejeune High School won an award from Operation Homefront. Jeffrey Burds, then a senior at Lejeune High School, won the Navy award as a 2016 Military Child of the Year. Christopher-Raul Rodriguez won the Marine Corps award in 2015.