Proud big brother I Editor's Note

By Brandon Gustafson | Dec 06, 2017

Anyone who knows me or who has seen my social media pages knows that I have a very good relationship with my family.

My mom and I talk every day, I get dinner and drinks with my dad usually once a week and I consider my older brother, Mackay to be one of my best friends.

I also have an incredibly talented younger sister named Katie who graduates from Kamiak this year.

She recently turned 18 and on her birthday I joked with her about barely being 5 feet tall (I’m 6 feet 3 inches tall) and thus, she’ll always be my baby sister.

We recently attended a concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre where we got to see John Mayer.

Even though our hotel was lame and the traffic getting in and out of the Gorge was awful, we had a really good time and got to have rare one-on-one time with each other.

It’s time to brag. I’m a very proud older brother who gushes about his sister’s talents whenever I have the chance.

Katie is hands down one of the most talented and hardworking people I have ever known.

Katie wants to open her own bakery one day, and has been making cakes on her own since she was nine.

She is in her second year at the Sno-Isle Tech Center in their culinary arts program and even had a feature done on her by one of the past Mukilteo Beacon editors, Sara Bruestle.

Katie recently got accepted to two culinary schools for college: Johnson and Wales in Denver and the Culinary Institute of America down in Napa Valley.

Katie works tirelessly during school, and also makes and sells cakes on her own for birthday parties, weddings and so on. Check out her Facebook page, “Katie’s Kreations” to see some of her past work!

She has carried roughly a 4.0 GPA since she started kindergarten and somehow finds time to assist with Kamiak’s bowling team for special needs students as well as working part-time at the Choux Choux bakery in downtown Everett.

There were a lot of times when I was in college wondering how I was going to have the time to get an assignment or project done because I was also working and either playing or coaching baseball.

I remember thinking that if Katie can manage to ace all of her classes, make a bunch of cakes in her free time, have a job and still have time to go and hang with her friends, then I should just shut up and suck it up.

Katie, your talent and drive are endless.

I feel like I speak for Mackay and myself in saying that you are clearly the most talented sibling.

You have accomplished so much in 18 years and you’re just getting started.

I love you so much and I am one proud big brother.


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