Oak Grove student semifinalist for national military family award

Oak Grove student semifinalist for national military family award

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An Oak Grove High School student is one of 90 semifinalists for a national award, which recognizes outstanding children of military families.

Senior Olivia Diaz is a candidate for Operation Homefront's eighth annual Military Child of the Year award.

It honors children from military families who excel in scholarship, volunteerism and leadership.

Diaz's father, an Army colonel, is stationed at the Pentagon in Washington.

"It's such an honor," Diaz said. "I know that there are many children who deserve to be Military Child of the Year and they're so deserving of it and I just feel so humble about it."

Olivia volunteers at the African-American Military History Museum and has been involved with the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera. She is one of 15 semifinalists from each branch of the Armed Forces.