Local Senior Recognized At Military Child Of The Year Awards

  • 4/14/2019 4:51:25 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- Local high school senior, Campbell Miller is the recipient of the 2019 National Guard Military Child of the Year Award.

The award is given out by Operation Homefront and will be presented in Washington, D.C. on April 18.  Campbell said that the award means a lot to him and his family.

"This award, it means honestly, the world to me.  I am so excited to have been chosen," Campbell said.  "Some of the things that I've done that were recognized by this award would be my Eagle Scout project.  I worked at my school in Maryland.  I started the project in Maryland and then moved in the middle of it, and then completed it here in Ohio.  I was happy to be able to give back to my school that gave so much to me."

Campbell's mother, Allison Miller said that the award recognizes Campbell's dedication to service both in his everyday life and through his many mission trips.

"He has genuinely taken on the interest of service.  He has been recognized, I think he has over 700 hours of service and volunteer work for the different cities that we've lived in.  He's been on four different mission trips, some of those without me just because he enjoys serving, so he's been to Guatemala, Uganda, Ireland, he's been all over the world serving other people," Allison said.  "And then he truely, genuinely enjoys service with his friends at school and then at church so I'm just so I'm just grateful that he has been recognized for his service."

Campbell credits his mother for all of his success over the years.

"My mom has instilled this character or character trait of leadership in my everyday life as in leading on the cross country team or being the team captain on the baseball team, school embassador, things like that that I consider normal because of the way that my mom has taught me to be a leader," Campbell said.

Overall, Allison is very proud of her son and grateful that his hard work is being recognized.  She is also grateful for the scholarship that comes with the award.  Campbell plans to allend Auburn University in the fall to study architecture.

"I think the biggest thing that this award has brought to light for our family is just the genuine sacrifice and the feelings that our kids have for us while we serve and while we put our uniform on that we may never really realize so we're all completely humbled by it," Allison said.

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