Teen Hon­ored For Char­ity Work

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander -

BY SGT. DANIEL

SCHROEDER 25th Com­bat Avi­a­tion Bri­gade Pub­lic Af­fairs

Chil­dren of ser­vice mem­bers en­counter chal­lenges as a re­sult of the mil­i­tary life­style. One teen who was sud­denly thrust into this life­style not only over­came her chal­lenges, but found a way to flour­ish.

Kate­lyn Brown re­ceived the 2013 Boys and Girls Clubs of Amer­ica (BGCA) Hawaii Mil­i­tary Youth of the Year last month at the state Capi­tol.

“I felt very hon­ored and proud to re­ceive this award,” said the 17-year-old vol­un­teer. “Get­ting this award made me feel that I can do any­thing as long as I ded­i­cate my­self to ac­com­plish­ing the goals I set.”

Brown lived in a small town of about 1,000 peo­ple for more than 10 years. Her way of life was turned up­side down when her mother, St­ef­fanie, an MWR em­ployee, mar­ried Staff Sgt. Brian Wal­ter.

Shortly af­ter, Brown had to tran­si­tion from small­town North Carolina to mil­i­tary life in Hawaii. Sev­eral fears and doubts arose in her mind and she had some trou­ble ad­just­ing to her new life and home.

“I started to feel that I would never get ad­justed to my new life, make friends, or even fit in. I won­dered ‘Is this the life I wanted?’” Brown re­called.

In an at­tempt to get in­volved with her peers, she vis­ited the Schofield Bar­racks Teen Cen­ter.

Kate­lyn Brown was hon­ored at the state Capi­tol for her com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. U.S. Army photo.

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