|Marlyce, left, with Lianne Milton,
owner of Branson Tourism Center,
at a "Hand-in-Hand Branson Honors
Purple Heart Recipients," event.
Branson’s Marlyce Stockinger has been selected as one of the eight finalists for the “Military Writers Society of America’s (MWSA) People’s Choice Awards.” The winner of the award will be announced during the MWSA Conference in Orlando, Florida on October 10. Marlyce works as the Director of Advertising and Public Relations for Branson.Com owned by Branson Tourism Center.
Marlyce’s selection as a finalist for her short poem entitled, “The Choice We Make” was announced September 12 by the MWSA on the Veterans Radio Net. Contestants had to write an essay or poem based on one of four “stimulus photographs, which can be viewed on the People’s Choice Awards” page of the Military Writers Society of America’s website, and had to be capable of being performed in five minutes or less. The winner will be determined as the result of popular vote. Anyone can vote by going to the “Military Writers Society of America’s People’s Choice Awards” page on their website and voting for the finalist of their choice.”
Marlyce wrote her short poem, “The Choice We Make,” based on the stimulus photograph by Pat Avery entitled “Father and Son.” The photograph depicts a Union soldier holding onto his small son. “When I first heard about the contest,” she said. “I wasn’t going to enter, but then I saw the picture of the soldier with his son. It touched my heart and the words came as a blessing from God.”
Those who know Marlyce Stockinger don’t have to be told of her passion for her Lord and America’s active duty military, veterans and their families. If you are around her for five seconds or longer you will feel it. Those who listen to “The Choice We Make,” presented on the “MWSA People’s Choice Awards” page will feel her passion for the soldier and the choice he made.”
Marlyce has worked numerous projects involving active duty military, veterans and their families. She said that she is particularly pleased with two major events conducted and sponsored by Branson.Com and Branson Tourism Center. The first is “Branson’s U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball” held on November 10 as part of “Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week” and the other is “Hand-in-Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients,” honoring those who have been awarded the “Purple Heart.” It will be held April 23 and 24, 2010 during Branson’s celebration of Ozark Mountain Spring.
Marlyce uses the term “Awesome possum,” to honor what someone else has done. Well, maybe this once, she won’t mind if the term, “Awesome possum” is applied to her for being selected as one of the eight finalists in the “Military Writers Society of America’s (MWSA) People’s Choice Awards.”