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Emma N. Rhodes

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:26 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

If someone were to ask you why you’re proud to live in your state, Arizona, what would you say? Would you tell them that it’s because there aren’t any major storms, such as hurricanes? Or that its because all your family lives here? Those wouldn’t be any of my reasons! Living in Arizona makes me proud because of the warm weather, the people, and it’s the most pulchritudinous place I’ve ever been! Why, you ask, are these reasons to be proud? I’ll tell you.

I find Arizona warm all year around. Being chilled isn’t the greatest thing to me. Actually, I despise it. One of my favorite activities is swimming, and swimming isn’t fun without warm weather, is it? Well, I don’t think so, anyway. Sometimes the warm can be challenging, but that’s nothing that a pair of shorts and sun block can’t fix! Warmth isn’t the only reason I’m proud to live in Arizona. I’m just getting started!

When someone says “hi” to you, would you say “hello” back? Of course you would! That’s because Arizona is home to the nicest people you could ever meet.  Because of that, I am proud to be an Arizonian. People are polite, respectful, and thoughtful. Unlike many other states I’ve been in, someone would hold a door open for you, as an example. Other things that are just as polite, as well. However, there’s still one more reason I’m proud to live in Arizona. Can you guess what it is?

Home. Arizona is my home, and always will be, by heart anyway. All of my memories, and achievements have happened right here, in my home state. Arizona is almost like family, to me. It can help me with problems, sometimes, and will always be there for me.

I love Arizona, and I am proud to live here. Hopefully, you feel the same way. All I’m saying is, I live here, and I’m glad. After you give it a lot of thought, why are you proud to live in Arizona?

• Emma N. Rhodes, age 11, San Tan Elementary, Gilbert

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