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Student's family honored

by Kalamalama staff

HPU student Kimberly B. McClaran, a sophomore majoring in management, and her family were honored as the Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year.

The award was presented to the McClarans, who live in Hawai‘i at Schofield Barracks, on Oct. 6 at the AUSA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Kimberly was unable to attend because of class obligations.


The Family of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community, according to the Web site, which also credits Rubbermaid as a sponsor. The winning family receives a cash prize courtesy of Rubbermaid and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to receive the award.

According to AUSA Web site, “Staff Sgt. Michael McClaran, his wife Sheila, and daughter Kimberly are an outstanding example of the many Army families that are dedicated to improving the lives of their fellow military families and their communities through volunteer service.”

The McClarans are active members of both their Army and civilian communities. Staff Sgt. McClaran is a member of the 25th ID (L) Band and both he and his wife, Sheila, have coordinated numerous fundraisers, family events, and programs for the unit Family Readiness Group. Both participate in the Hawai‘i Army Mayoral Program and volunteer their time helping to organize alcohol- and drug-free graduation celebrations for Leilehua High School.

Kimberly has followed her parent’s example. In addition to supporting their FRG activities and the Hawai‘i Army Mayoral Program, she is a member of the Schofield Barracks Chapel Catholic Choir and Aloha Community Chorus. She served on the Hawai‘i State Student Council and was president of the local Teen Board. Currently she is a tour guide on the USS Missouri.

“ Be it their personal pride, love, and care for one another, generosity and love for the members of their community, or their everlasting patriotism and commitment to making the world a better place, the McClaran family is truly an exceptional Army family,” said Eileen McLaughin of AUSA Hawai‘i Chapter in nominating the family for the award.


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