Hawaii military family member earns award for innovation

Shelby Barber

Operation Homefront

Air Force family member Shelby Barber, a 17-year-old senior at James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, has received the 2018 Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation.

Barber was also selected for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. Her innovation reflects her vast potential the health care profession, award officials announced.

Barber is developing a device that combines the features of two current medical devices and aids anyone that suffers from severe allergies. She said that being an allergy patient herself and having a love for anything and everything medical drove her idea.

“Children in elementary schools are my target audience because I want them to feel safe when having to use life-saving equipment, so they can use it on their own if they are in a situation they would need to use it in,” Barber said. “I think children need help for their protection. Making equipment that deals with needles needs to be as user-friendly as possible for the safety of the person getting injected and the distributor.” Barber said, “I want to see this project succeed for the better of human health and everyday lives.”

Recognized as a leader in the community and in her church, Barber received the Presidential Award and the Young Womanhood Recognition from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Shelby, the daughter of Mark Barber and Elizabeth Barber, has a 4.3 GPA, and she is a member of the National Honor Society. She volunteers for numerous organizations, including Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and the March of Dimes.

The Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation was presented by technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, according an announcement by Operation Home-front. Shelby Barber will work with a team from the firm on her project by drawing on technology and strategic thinking.

The Military Child of the Year Award reflects the positive impact that these special young people have made on their military families, their schools and their communities. The award recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at the April 19 gala, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards.

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