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America inspires me in many ways, from the freedom to vote and equal opportunity to all the other good things we have in this country. As a middle schooler, there have been lots of thoughts about America that have impressed me. In this essay, I will be sharing some reasons why America inspires me.

First of all, I love how whenever bad things happen in America there is always a way to fix it, even though it might seem impossible. Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, said, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” Sometimes there can be challenges in the world, for instance, world disaster, wars, and military conflicts, but no matter what happens it can always be cured and fixed.

Next, America inspires me by its independence. Back before July 4, 1776 we didn’t have any freedom or options to do what we wanted, like voting and not getting to pick what was right to us. But now we have the opportunity to vote when we are eighteen for whom we want to be head of the republic, to speak up for ourselves, and live as we want and not be made slaves or controlled by anyone else. Starting with the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, and through the Revolutionary war, we gained our freedom. Because of the Constitution and its amendments, now we all get treated equally regardless of our race or gender. Independence inspires me by allowing me to be what I want to be and live how I want to live.

Finally, America inspires me because we can achieve a better life through hard work and determination. A great American leader, General Colin Powell once said, “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” You can’t be lazy one something and then expect to get rewarded. America inspires me because it teaches us that we can’t get anything good for not putting any sweat, determination, and hard work into something. In America, hard work pays off.

In conclusion, America inspires me in many ways. From our independence and our ability to fix challenges, to the way people can have their dreams if they work hard, America truly is an inspirational country. We fought wars and overcame challenges for our freedom. We should always be grateful for how people fought and risk their life for our freedom and never take freedom for granted in our life. I am grateful and inspired to live “in the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

Brookly Hoffmann 

2nd place winner

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