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Angelisa Cervantes

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:45 am | Updated: 11:02 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

To live in Arizona is absolutely fantastic! Everyone that lives here has their own way of living. Changes to the state are happening, for better and for worse. Along the way of becoming a better state for all the citizens, Arizona is getting a bunch of publicity. Individuals are loving all the cameras, articles, and news segments on our community. Arizona is experiencing its fifteen minutes of fame. Yes that may be attention drawing, but Arizona is a wonderful place for many other reasons as well and I am glad to be here.

Arizona, home of the famous Cardinals, Coyotes, Suns, and Diamondbacks! In 2009 our Cardinals made it to Superbowl 43! Fans were ecstatic, and I was proud that our football team made it. For our hockey team, we have amazing players that help lead the Coyotes to victory. The Suns and the Diamondbacks also have accomplishments that make me proud to be associated with.

New York has the Times Square, Minnesota has the Mall of America, but Arizona has the Grand Canyon AND the Four Corners. Tourists come from the other side of the country to take a trip down the Grand Canyon. Celebrities are not excluded from the fame of Arizona. They are often spotted in Scottsdale, shopping around and getting a taste of how we Arizonans can take the heat. A very famous presidential runner came from our state, and the current president made a very special speech to the people living in Arizona not too long ago. We are not left out of the hustle and bustle of the rest of the country.

Arizona is the land of record high temperatures. People come from all over to experience the touch of a nice tan on their skin. I love that all I have to do is take a few steps out of my very own home to receive that fine bronzing. Not only does Arizona have full access to the sun, but also snow! Only a few times a year do we Arizonans get rain, but up in the northern part of the state there is snow. To live in a state that has extreme weather is amazing. California has their earthquakes, Washington has their rain, but Arizona has monsoon season. Which is also something special.

Living in Arizona has many advantages and disadvantages. Someday, hopefully a Disneyland will be built to make lives in Arizona much more exciting! No matter what hits us Arizonans, I will always be proud of how far we have gone and what we have all been through. Go Arizona!

• Angelisa Cervantes, age 15, Higley High School, Queen Creek

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