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Benjamin Emerick

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:13 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

Have you ever been excited about something, and you wanted to tell the world? Well, that’s what I’m doing now. And I’m telling you about my home, Arizona, one of the Seven Wonders of the World (just kidding). There are three reasons why I like Arizona. Reason one is the wide variety of animals to study. Reason two is the fabulous scenery to go and see. And reason three is all of fun you can have in Arizona. That is why I’m proud to be an Arizonan.

To begin with, there are a wide variety of animals to study here. We have many arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. For arthropods, we have the bark scorpion, green lynx spider, funnel web spider, iron cross blister beetle and the tarantula hawk. For fish, we have the desert pupfish and the gila top minnow. For amphibians, we have the tiger salamander, the southern spade foot, and the red spotted toad. Those are only some of the many animals we have.

Another reason I’m proud to be an Arizonan is the beautiful landscapes to see. For example, if you’re hiking through a desert, you may find a beautiful oasis surrounded by fabulous plants and animals. Or, if you climb a mountain, when you get to the top, you’ll see the breathtaking sights. Or, you might go to the Grand Canyon and see its beautiful river. Either way, you’ll always find something amazing.

And the final reason that I’m proud to be an Arizonan is the fun that you can have here. There are many ways to have fun in Arizona. We have festivals, movies, and museums. One of the festivals that Arizona has is the Renaissance Festival. Arizona also has many theaters in the area, including the Harkins Theater. We have many fascinating museums, including the Arizona Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. And lastly, Arizona has many wildlife areas to see, such as the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Arizona has many things that make it special, and that is why I am telling the world about it. Young or old, huge or tiny, you will love it if you come. This place has room for all, so come, and it will be one of the best choices you will ever make. And if you already do live in Arizona, good for you. Now you can see why I’m so proud to live in Arizona.

• Benjamin Emerick, 4th grade, Centennial Elementary, Gilbert

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