Napa Student Wins Young Patriot Award, Writes National Television Essay | Local news
Charlotte Bevan, a student at Lutheran School in St. John’s, stole the show at the 2021 Fox Nation Patriot Awards, where the 13-year-old recited her winning essay before being surprised with the Young Patriot Award.
Despite being uniquely prepared to be the entertainment of the evening, Charlotte pointed out what she thinks it means to be American, celebrating the lives and legacies of people like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alexander Hamilton and Betsy Ross.
“Originally, the essay cost about 20 additional credit points,” Charlotte recalls. “I submitted it through school, and I had no idea it was going to go anywhere… But then FOX News called and emailed my parents to let them know that they wanted to take me out by plane. “
At the time, Charlotte was attending St. Francis Solano School, which has a long tradition of submitting essays for the annual local VFW station competition. Answer the question “What does patriotism mean to you?” With her play titled “Flying Our Flag High,” Charlotte won the VFW competition, surprising her parents from the start.
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“I didn’t even know she wrote an essay, which is why it was so crazy when her teacher said they were trying to reach us,” Charlotte’s mother Amanda Bevan said.
“Fast forward to this time last year, and she won the award,” Bevan said. “Then in August, FOX said they would like us to travel with all expenses paid and they would like her to read it on their awards.”
“I had no idea I was going to get an award,” Charlotte said.
So, after flying to Florida – her first visit to the Sunshine State – Charlotte took the stage to read her essay in front of the audience at Fox Nation’s 2021 Patriot Award ceremony. After finishing her play and receiving loads of applause, Charlotte was surprised with the Young Patriot Award from host Tucker Carlson.
“You spend your life as a parent giving them experiences; you are constantly exposing them to things for them to experience, and obviously they give us things day to day, but that was a time she gave us the most amazing experience, ”Amanda said. .
Charlotte’s idea of patriotism may seem simple – “come together and love each other” – but when she speaks it is with a grace and poise beyond her age.
“If a person is kind to another person, it will make their day better, and they will do more for others, and then it’s just this never-ending cycle,” she said. “We are all just people; we’re just trying to live and be happy; and sometimes we forget it. I think it’s really important to come together in unity… I mean, this is the United States of America.
Watch Charlotte’s full performance here.
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