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Carson essay contest winner


Local Carson students wrote up to twenty-one essays detailing their love for Carson during the 2024, “Why I Like Carson” essay contest. The contest culminated with an awards ceremony on April 23 at the Carson Event Center, 801 Carson St. Winners include 21 students from various schools in Carson, winners received gift cards ranging from $100-200$, medals, and certificates of recognition from the Carson City Council. 

The Young Essay contest originated in 1996 by the late Councilmember Mary Anne O’Neal in an effort to foster community pride among Carson’s youth. The contest typically garners wide participation from the local schools with hundreds of essays received this year. In 2003, the contest was made available to students who live in the city but are homeschooled or attend schools in other cities, to participate in the contest. 

Students have various reasons for why they like Carson, ranging from the world-class Dignity Health Sports Park to the variety of stores and restaurants in town. Students also cited the city's park and a wide range of activities, like after-school programs and sports activities. Students also enjoy the cultural diversity and friendly people in Carson. 

“One of the things I love most about Carson is its strong sense of history. The city has a number of historical landmarks and sites, including the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past,” said seventh grader Jezebel Martinez.