Pine River Girl Wins Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest
The theme was “How Can I Be a Good American?” “
The second was Soren Benson, Pillager, a grade eight student at Lake Region Christian School in Baxter, who won $ 150. In third place Annemarie Cady, Aitkin, an eighth grade student at St. Francis, who won $ 100.
The winners move on to the district, state and national competition with $ 55,000 in scholarships.
A presentation ceremony took place at the Brainerd VFW.
The Bueckers first place essay is as follows:
How can I be a good American?
By Mimi Bueckers
America was founded on the belief that all human beings are created equal and that everyone has the right to freedoms. Some American ideals are democracy, freedom, opportunity, and equality. “Give me your tired, your poor, your crowded masses who yearn to breathe freely” is engraved on the Statue of Liberty. Americans are compassionate, helpful, caring, and want good for everyone. By using these American ideals of equality, service to others, and perseverance, I can be a good American.
I can treat others with respect and knowing that we are all created equally. I think sometimes Americans forget that we are all equal, which is one of the biggest problems in our country today. Too many Americans treat others rudely just because they look different, have a different skin color, believe in different things, or come from different backgrounds. I can be a good example for others by being respectful to everyone even if they are different.
“E Pluribus Unum” is America’s motto; it means “among many, one”. The United States is a nation of immigrants, of different races, languages, religions and traditions, but we are still united. I can be a good American by recognizing the differences of others while seeing them as a person and as an American.
I can be a good American by serving others. Volunteering is a great American value. Good Americans are always ready to help others without expecting to be paid. By volunteering and helping others freely, I can become a better American.
Americans have always shown persistence and a good attitude when it comes to getting things done. I can be a good American by continuing this tradition in my own life. There are times when I’m tired and I feel like I can’t do the task at hand, but if I put all my mind and heart into it, I know I can do it. Americans have the ideal that anything is possible and that is a wonderful thought to have. I can accomplish things with persistence and persistence.
Being a good American means having many good values. I can be a good American by using my values and treating others with respect and equality, serving others in need, and showing persistence. America is a wonderful nation and I am happy to contribute to it by being a good American.