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Jacqueline Harris

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:16 am | Updated: 11:02 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

Living in Arizona is a great honor. We have really nice weather compared to many other states which is why it’s a good feeling to be able to enjoy 30-degree winters after having to endure stifling hot summers. Honestly, it’s an absolute dream to not have to worry about hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, tornadoes, and any other natural disasters one can imagine. Watching the news to find out what terrible things are occurring across the globe makes me eternally grateful that I live in a state as delightful as Arizona.

Although some people may beg to differ, I believe that our sports teams play a big part in my pride of living here. When the Arizona Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl back in 2009, it seemed as if the whole state of Arizona was rooting for them. Even after the devastating loss, hundreds of fans met the hard-working team at the airport with loud cheers. Another example would be when I attended the Suns and Lakers third playoff game at U.S. Airways Center. The Phoenix Suns were behind for most of the game, but they instantly started to make a come-back when nearly the whole crowd started chanting, “Beat L.A! Beat L.A! Beat L.A!” This led to a miraculous win of 118-109.

Lastly, Arizona’s beautiful surroundings are remarkable. From the mountains in Sedona, to the Grand Canyon in Flagstaff, the beauty of Arizona is not questioned. The sky is exceptional, too. The different colors amidst the sky in the morning when the sun rises, and in the evening when it sets are gorgeous. All of these wonderful features make me, and many more, proud to live in the state of Arizona.

• Jacqueline Harris, 14, Desert Ridge High School, Mesa

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