main content starts hereVeteran and author Ryan Smithson gives students glimpse of war, writing

| May 1, 2018

Iraq war veteran and author Ryan Smithson gave seniors a glimpse of his war experience and journey as a writer during “A Day With Ryan Smithson” on April 13.

Smithson, a former Mohonasen resident, enlisted in the Army Reserves following his graduation from Columbia High School in 2003. In his memoir “Ghosts of War,” Smithson chronicles his experience in Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11.

Smithson offered a writers’ workshop for Honors English students and gave a presentation to seniors, many of whom are currently reading his memoir.

The day also included a military appreciation luncheon for students enlisting in the armed services and high school staff who are veterans or who have immediate family members serving in the military.

The event was funded by a grant from the Mohonasen Foundation for Excellence.