Lemoore High School senior Kircee Killian has been selected as one of the 95 semifinalists for the 2018 Military Child of the Year. One of 15 selectees who come from Navy families, she is the first semifinalist to hail from Lemoore since 2014.
Killian moved to Lemoore from Arlington, Tennessee, in 2016, just before her junior year.
Killian, who currently holds a 4.21 GPA, is taking five Advanced Placement courses and is part of the Sports Medicine Program and Enterprise Club at Lemoore High. She was nominated by Lemoore High School counselor Wey Wyrick.
She was also part of the National Beta Club at her high school in Tennessee.
In addition to her academic achievements, Killian was selected to participate in the Adventist Discover Healthcare Volunteer Summer Program in 2017. She also spends time volunteering with the VFA-14 Family Readiness Group.
“My academic side has definitely prepared me for the future, but my clubs and volunteer work have given me hands-on experience that is important,” Killian said.
Killian comes from a dual Navy family. Her mother, Jaycee Killian, retired from a 20-year career as a Navy Career Counselor in 2015, and her father, Chief Kyle Killian (ATC), currently serves with the VFA-14 Tophatters aboard Naval Air Station Lemoore.
Being the child of two active-duty members, Killian spent much of her youth unable to live with both of her parents simultaneously, while her mother and father fulfilled their military commitments and completed deployment schedules. In addition to living in Lemoore and Arlington, she has lived in San Diego; Seal Beach; Oak Harbor, Washington; and Portland, Oregon.
“There are a lot of things that helped shape her into the person she is,” said Jaycee Killian. “This is definitely one of them. We are very proud of her.”
“Surrounding myself with like-minded people who want to do similar things as myself definitely led me to the point I am at today,” Kircee Killian added.
Killian has applied for fall acceptance to UCLA, where she plans to major in neuroscience or biology. She aspires to become a neurosurgeon one day.
“I’ve always wanted to attend UCLA, and I also want to be near my family,” Killian said.
Out of the pool of 95 semifinalists, seven will be chosen to receive the 2018 Military Child of the Year Award. There will be one recipient from each branch of the armed forces: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. The seventh award is for Innovation. Each of the award recipients will be flown to Washington D.C. with a parent to be honored at the Award Gala on April 19. They will also receive a laptop computer and a $10,000 scholarship.