She maintains a 4.0 grade-point average while playing for the school's tennis and volleyball teams, holding leadership positions in student council and National Honor Society and participating in many community service programs through her church, Friendship Baptist Church in Paducah.
Brown, who currently lives in Cunningham, said it's difficult for her to choose a favorite class but enjoys art because of the relaxing and fun aspects associated with the freedom to be artistic.
"Some days it's just school and you're tired ... but some days it's really kind of fun to learn something new," Brown said.
Brown, daughter of Craig and Lee Ann Brown, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Each Monday, the Sun features a different MCU Teen of the Week selected from nominees guidance counselors throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois submitted to the Sun.
Mid-Continent University will provide each Teen of the Week with a $2,500 annual scholarship to its university, which is renewable for four years. In the spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners. The Teen of the Year is eligible for a full four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent University or a cash award of $2,500, paid through the Paducah Sun, if the student selects another college to attend.
Brown stays busy outside the classroom working in her family's 200-tree peach orchard and working part time at PC Distributing in Paducah. She works with her parents and sister Shelby Brown, who also won Teen of the Week in 2010, as the owner and operators of Hillcrest Orchard in Cunningham. Her parents built the small commercial orchard adjacent to their house when both daughters were young. Since her sister Shelby, currently a junior at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, graduated from Community Christian Academy in 2011, Carson Brown has been the principal leader.
"It's been a family learning process ... over the years we have learned the best ways to do things," she said.
Over the summer and after school, Brown oversees the growing process, which includes maintaining the up-to-date financial and USDA records, hiring additional help, operational and marketing duties. She said each year the peach crop has to be fertilized, thinned, pruned and harvested. The peaches are then sold to local farmer's markets or sold from the family's front porch.
"It's been a great learning opportunity for me as to work ethic, the kind of employee that we want to hire and how to work," she said.
Brown, who has been accepted and will attend Union University in Jackson, Tenn., next fall, plans to major in chemical engineering. Her interest began from her love of finding out how and why science and mathematical equations work. She is also still considering returning to the local area and opening a business similar to her family's orchard.
Outside school, Brown enjoys riding one of her two family horses, Trey and Buckshot, and dirt track racing. Her interest in racing began when a track opened near her house and was fostered through her father who helped her fix up an old truck. She races about once a month and has already won multiple times, she said.
The multi-faceted student also makes it a priority to give back to the local and world-wide community through participation and leadership in many community service activities. She works as a youth mentor for Lone Oak Manor in Paducah and the Sunshine Genesis Home in Mayfield and is a monthly volunteer at the Legacy Nursing Home in Paducah.
Brown said her favorite community service activity is helping to organize the Watering Africa Yard Sale, now in its third year, to help raise money to provide a water source and build a library for a school in Morogoro, Tanzania. She helped coordinate the planning, marketing and recruitment of donations for the sales that have raised $1,300 to $2,000 per year.
She has traveled to Tanzania twice with family and church members and was inspired after forming strong bonds of friendship with the residents.
"It's important to me because we have been over there and built relationships," she said. "The start for me was to go over there and meet people for myself. They were so generous, friendly and always really nice."
The local student focused on global service is looking forward to the next step of college but isn't ruling out a return to her roots and the business and life she has had growing up around Paducah.
"I'm excited for my next step but also nervous to be two hours away and not be able to ride my horses and hang out around the house with my mom and dad," she said.
Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.