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

Arizona. These seven letters make up more than just one of our 50 states. They make up the home I’ve known since 2007, and the place I never want to leave. To me, Arizona is more than just a blistering desert; it’s the place where I want to finish out my education, start my career, and someday raise my children. Arizona is the perfect place to live; from the Grand Canyon to the infamous Lake Havasu, we have everything your heart could ever desire.

Arizona is the superb combination of urban city life and small town country living. If you want to reside in a fast-paced, industrialized city, we’ve got plenty of them (most notably Phoenix). Yet, if you’re looking for that perfect small town away from all those city lights, settle down in some place like Florence. Also, compared to other states we have no natural disasters. No oceans for tsunamis, no tornadoes, hurricanes, and barely any earthquakes. It’s a perfect place to live!

Now let’s get to the most amazing part... THE WEATHER! Arizona has got the best weather in the entire country. With our 50-degree, two-month winters, it’s the most ideal place to be during that time of the year. But don’t worry, if you want snow we’ve got plenty of it in northern cities like Flagstaff. Then summer rolls around and even though it’s very hot, we’ve got plenty of lakes and pools to cool you off. Also, we’re mere hours away from some of the greatest places in the world. Beaches in California and Mexico, Disneyland, and Las Vegas are all awesome places that are easy driving distance from Arizona. What else could you ask for?

I am so proud to be living in Arizona. I am so blessed to wake up every morning and know that I will be spending another marvelous day in the Grand Canyon State. This is the only place I can see myself living in the future and I can’t wait to see what amazing opportunities are thrown my way as I reside under the great Arizona sun.

• Rae Cole, sophomore, Higley High School, Gilbert

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