I Am Ben Carson

 Dr. Ben Carson  Photo: carsonscholars.org

Dr. Ben Carson

Photo: carsonscholars.org

STORY BY LEILONI KING, FNN REPORTER, BLOW PIERCE BUREAU

FNN CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY: FEB. 19, 2014. Ben Carson is a retired African American neurosurgeon. This wonderful man is known for separating a pair of Siamese twins. The surgery was done successfully in Baltimore, Maryland. I want to be just like him because he saved many lives and that is what I would like to do. He is my inspiration because he is very successful and known all around the world. When I get older, I would like to be a famous doctor or surgeon. I would like to be known for my great work and saving lives all around the world too. For instance, if a pair of Siamese twins are born in Egypt, I would like to be the first one to be called to help.

As Carson grew up he had low self-esteem, poor grades, and a bad temper. His mother played a huge roll in his life by pushing him to read and never give up. His mom only had a third grade education and wanted her children to be better than she was. The hard work payed off because Carson ended up attending Yale University. He is now retired, but serves as a professor emeritus of Neurosurgery at John Hopkins.

As you can see, he pulled it together and succeeded like only his mother thought he would.

I would like to be successful like him. I will make my family proud, but especially myself proud. I will make myself proud because I know that I can make something of myself if I put my mind to it. Also, when I heard about his story I knew that I could come from nothing to become something. As long as I have faith, I will be able to be anything I want. The thing that I want mostly is to be known for great work just like him.

Leiloni King is an 8th grade scholar at Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy.