Carson's essay wins at district level

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By Panzi Blackwell

Katie Carson’s winning essay for the “Patriot’s Pen” contest, which is held every year by the Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770, went on to win the District 12 competition.

Katie, the daughter of Duane and Tammy Carson, is an eighth-grader at Brownstown Junior High School. She said that her writing was partially inspired by the return home from the service of a friend, Travis.

“The town escorted him home and had an appreciation party for him,” she said.

Katie, who is 14, has a 15-year-old brother, Eddiie, and an 11-year-old sister, Chloe. Rounding out the family are two dogs, Dolly and Benjy, and assorted barn cats.

Katies’s family is well-known for its musical abilities, as the children play various instruments and sing, along with their mother, Tammy, who also composes songs.

Katie said that her wish is to be an author and illustrator when she is out of school.

She likes to draw and generally do anything artistic.

However, music will always be an integral part of her life. She has an eclectic taste in music, but said she will always play and sing in church, as her family does every Sunday at Liberty Christian Church.

Katie said in her essay, “Thanks to our military heroes, we can walk into a church without fearing for our lives.

"Everytime we see a flag, we should thank our veterans, because they played a huge role in earning each and every one of those stars and stripes.”

Katie will read her “Patriot Pen” essay in its entirety at the Brownstown Memorial Day service held at the Memorial Wall in Brownstown Central Park. 

The public is invited to the service, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Those who will be included in the program will be the U.S. Marines Color Guard.