Robinson High School valedictorian Eve Glenn recognized as 2018 Air Force Military Child of the Year
May is an exciting month for the military and students across Hillsborough County. It’s Military Appreciation Month and a time to celebrate our graduates. To celebrate the season, we share with you that Robinson High School senior Eve Glenn has been named Operation Homefront's Air Force Military Child of the Year. The 16-year-old -- with a weighted GPA of 7.3189 -- was honored for her service supporting her family and communities where she has lived. Eve received the honor on April 19 in Arlington, Virginia.
The Military Child of the Year Award is given to seven deserving young Americans representing a branch of service who have turned the challenges of frequent relocation and deployments of loved ones into a passion for excellence, service and helping others.
“I was ecstatic when I heard the news about the Military Child of the Year award, and thrilled to meet other great military kids who have experienced shared stories and deployments. It was amazing to represent the Air Force and be acknowledged for the people that I impact no matter where I am,” Eve said.
During her eventful recognition trip to Washington D.C. she was invited to Capitol Hill to meet with senators and representatives and even got a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Museum of American History.
Eve is the daughter of Lt. Col. Richard Glenn and Lori Glenn. Her mother is one of her best friends and she is overjoyed to have her outgoing personality and support. She’s proud of her dad for having the willingness to fight for the United States wherever he is required. Staying busy is one thing that has helped Eve worry less about her father when he is deployed. Volunteering and having an impact no matter where she has lived is something Eve is most proud of, especially tutoring her peers in the STEM subjects. She uses her experience in calculus to help underclassmen. She has volunteered well-over 2,000 hours during her high school years.
Living overseas for over a decade has allowed her to meet people of all backgrounds, helping her to have an understanding of others and find similarities. Her favorite place to live overseas was Stuttgart, Germany, because she was able to befriend refugees, allowing her to learn how easily she could relate to other Iraqi and Syrian teens. She also loved the ease of public transportation, affording her the opportunity to experience cultures and traditions throughout Europe.
At Robinson, Eve was on the competitive cheerleading team as the team flyer. What she will miss most about Robinson is the camaraderie and being a part of the military community. She will cherish the support she has received not only from other military kids but those who have been at the South Tampa school for multiple years.
Eve’s words of encouragement to others military children and high school students in general is to motivate yourself if you can’t find motivation from others—you just have to get out there and get it done.
Eve will be calling Rhode Island home for the next four years, when she attends Brown University. Although she does not plan to enter into the military now she is contemplating entering as an officer after focusing on biochemistry or chemistry track with a goal of becoming a researcher or going into the medical field.View Full Album