Granddaughter of Local Veterans Semifinalist for Military Child of the Year

 

Kira Walters has been chosen as a semifinalist for Military Child of the Year for the United States Coast Guard. Operation Homefront's annual awards recognize six outstanding young people ages 8 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. 

Kira was selected from nearly 400 nominations and has placed in the top five. She has over 300 hours of community service, excels in sports and holds leadership positions in her school and community.   She is an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, receiving the NCO of the Year Award, and has been selected as First Sergeant for Encampment and Bivouac Training this summer for her peers.  She has been involved with Wreaths Across America, trains and leads PT and Marshalling to Cadets, and helps at the local Air Show.  Kira has also participated in Hands Across the Border ceremony for the International Festival with VFW Post 9779.  This year, Kira created a fitness video for middle school teens and presented it to middle school PE classes earning her Silver Award for Girl Scouts.  She is active in Key Club, on the Varsity Field Hockey and High School Swim team, plus keeping score for her local little league baseball team, participating or helping with local fundraising 5Ks all while maintaining above average grades often on High Honors.

Being a military child has its ups and downs.  Kira has moved six times and her dad has been deployed for over two years. She shares that a plus has been the opportunity to live in amazing places like Alaska and to travel across country visiting many of America’s landmarks.  While traveling through the states, she and her family have completed over 50 Junior Ranger programs. A difficult part of military life, she said, is the constant moves every two to three years resulting in changes in school curriculum, different emphasis on sports and having to make new friends. 

Kira is fourth generation female to serve in the military.  She is the great-granddaughter of Helen Brooks, veteran, Women’s Army Corp; granddaughter of Chaplain (Major) David Sivret, retired, and Sherry Sivret, Warrant Officer, Maine Army National Guard, retired; and daughter of Senior Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Todd Walters, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Walters both in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Yorktown, VA.