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Rachel Hakkal

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:16 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

Are you proud of the place where you live? I am! I am proud to be an Arizonan! There are several different reasons why I love my home, but I will only share three. Arizona is a magical place because of its nature, climate, and diversity of cultures.

First of all, I am proud to live in Arizona because of its nature, or flora and fauna. Arizona has a lot of interesting plants and animals. For example, Arizona’s state bird is the rare cactus wren, which is only found in the southwestern part of the United States and parts of Mexico. Another famous animal is the exotic tree frog. This frog is the state’s most famous amphibian because of its unique shade of green. If you are in Arizona to see what makes it special, then I would suggest you first see our interesting plant life. This includes the beautiful Arizona caltrop. The Arizona caltrop is a golden wildflower that sprawls all over the desert grounds.

Did you ever think of going fishing on a warm peaceful day right after you go snowboarding in the icy cold mountains? In Arizona it’s possible! Arizona has a diverse climate, which allows you to do summer activities and winter activities at the same time of year. What makes it a unique climate is that Arizona has scorching deserts and high frosty mountains, which together create a hot, dry, cold and wet state.

Finally my last reason why I adore Arizona is its cultural diversity. Here in Arizona, you can find people from many different backgrounds. As part of the “Wild West,” Arizona’s history is made up of Native American, Mexican, and cowboy influences. In one Arizona day, you can visit an old west ghost town like Tombstone, watch a Native American hoop dancing competition, and enjoy delicious Mexican food at a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. We can learn a lot from Arizona’s blend of cultures.

Arizona is a wonderful place! I will always remember my hometown! Arizona’s beautiful nature, unique climate, and multiculturalism are just three of the many reasons why Arizona is a popular state. Now, you know why Arizona is so important to its inhabitants and me.

• Rachel Hakkal, 4th grade, Centennial Elementary, Gilbert

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