Camp Lejeune NC | April 13, 2016
A 17-year-old Lejeune High School senior has been chosen as the national U.S. Navy recipient of the 2016 Military Child of the Year Award.
Jeffrey Burds is the son of Debra Rae Burds and Navy Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Joseph Burds.
Jeffrey and his school counselor, Todd Kirby, have a close relationship, Jeffrey said, and Kirby, who has entered students for the award in the past, nominated Jeffrey for 2016.
"I think he thought I'd be the perfect candidate for it," Jeffrey said.
As the finalists for 2016 dwindled and Jeffrey stayed in the running, he was shocked.