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Thompson Senior Honored as Military Child of the Year

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  It’s not only our military members who’ve now been sacrificing for years, it’s their

families as well.

  Next week, Thompson High School Senior, Alexander Burch will be given a national

honor in Washington D.C., as  the Navy’s military child of the year.

 Alexander Burch, Military Child of the Year: “It’s always tough no matter where you go, because as a military

brat you’re always having to adapt, innovate andovercome obstacles.”

   Alexander Burch was born premature and suffers from a hearing loss that gets worse with age.

He’ll wrap up high school, after attending 9 different schools around the globe, because of   

his father’s Navy career. But, through it all, Burch has put a positive spin on life.

 Alexander Burch: “It was fun… got to see Europe, England, Germany, France. It was like going to a vacation in a vacation. We traveled a lot of places.”

   Burch’s mom, Joanne a native of England and it’s clear she helped instill that positive attitude.

 Joanne Burch: “Everytime we moved it was a new experience… the kids, I think it’s the best education we could have given our children.”

    After graduating this spring, Burch plans to attend UND or Northland College to pursue an accounting or business degree.

  Next week, he’ll accept the military child of the year Award in Washington D.C., accompanied by his Mom.

 Alexander Burch: “You get $5,000, a laptop and originally you were supposed to get a tour of the White House. But, unfortunately, due to the sequester cuts, they changed that around.” 

   So, while the White House tour is out, Burch still gets a good chunk of change to go along with his winning attitude as he starts his college career.


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