CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS!
first prize was shared by three students, Kelly, Beth and Robert.
Following their winning essays, please read others that received
Means to Me”
Freedom is something that throughout
history has been fought over, won, lost, and denied. When I think
of freedom, I think of everything
I take for granted in my life as an American. From our ability
to voice our own opinion without the fear of being killed, to deciding
to see a movie like Michael Moore’s, which, in many countries
would not even be an option. Freedom lives and breathes in everything
we as Americans do.
Compare American citizens to people in other countries
whose reality is based on daily struggle and fear for their lives
and the lives
of their families and friends, and whose “freedoms” are
a daily walk to work, in a job they are forced to do, while living
in a wood shack with a tin roof. They have no benefits, health plan,
enough income to provide for their family, or the freedom to even
hope for change. They know nothing of our culture, our ideals and
the freedoms we enjoy.
Freedom is not something that has been given, but something that
has been paid for with the blood and life of people brave enough
to stand against the enemy's of freedom, and fight for the rights
that make us free.
When I think of freedom I think first of the soldiers that have
given their lives in conflict to uphold our American values. To me
freedom is not a privilege, it is a duty, a responsibility and honor
that must be upheld at all costs. It must never be used as a reason
to wage war. Freedom should be accepted and not forced.
Freedom is the beat of every Americans’ heart.
It is intangible. You can not see, feel, touch, or hear freedom,
but like a heartbeat,
the life of freedom would no longer exist without the blood of its
defenders. Without freedom, what do you really have?
Freedom is like a baby that needs love and attention, without either,
it will die, or fail. Just as without protection, freedom will die
or fail. Our freedom is often endangered the most by the people who
claim to protect, but at the same time take away its true meaning.
Freedom to me is a flame, burning red, white, and blue.
For those who have lost their lives defending our freedom, this
flame must never be extinguished. I will always defend freedom. I
will always keep the flame burning. Freedom means EVERYTHING TO ME.
- Kelly C. Seattle, WA
18 years old senior in high school. After graduation plans on going
to college and get a degree in massage therapy. He wants to do
this because he would like to help people or be in a career that
Freedom. Freedom can be many things. In the US, to many people freedom is the
Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights includes the freedom of religion, the freedom
of speech, the freedom to bear arms, which entails the freedom to be what ever
you want be under law. Freedom allows a person to become anything they choose
to be when they grow up. Freedom opens up the opportunity for people to live
their lives at they want to without oppression or someone telling them what
to do. Freedom is basically liberty. Freedom can also be seen a political independence
along with the opportunity to vote for who ever they want to. Freedom is choices
free of restraints. Freedom gives us the chance to do as we please and have
our own free will In a nutshell, freedom is the right of enjoying all of the
privileges of citizenship. Freedom is basically being free.
- Beth L., Edina, MN
12th grade student. Interest: band (clarinet), Lacrosse and volunteering
at Church. Her aspirations are to incorporate Music and/or French
into a business career or child psychology. Wants to volunteer---especially
programs that involve kids. Hopes to pursue dentistry or medicine
as a career.
I have been saying the Pledge of Allegiance for a long time, but
I never really thought about it before.
With civil wars in other countries where they are fighting for a
chance to be able to vote for a leader who is not a dictator, I realize
how lucky we are to live where we can choose our leaders peacefully.
We are neither restricted to stay with one religion, wear the same
clothes, listen to a certain type of music nor read only books approved
by somebody as is the case in many countries.
I think we should give all the help to anyone who can assist those
who are oppressed.
- Robert S, Santa Barbara CA
9th grade student, interested in history, politics, baseball. Aspires
to attend law school and with that knowledge pursue a career in
To me freedom means that I can talk to anybody, meet whomever I
want to see and go to the church I choose, without being afraid.
I can also travel feely, read any the book I want and believe any
philosophy without restrictions by the government or other thinkers.
Freedom is valuable. It promotes different ideas to bring out the
best thinkers and scientists to develop our country as the best in
Jonathan R. Calabasas, CA
10th grade student, loves math, science and tennis. Wants to become
a doctor to be able to help people.
Freedom is so part of our living in the U.S.A. that the thought
of living without freedom never really enters my mind. We are so
fortunate to be free, to be who we want to be and express our ideas
with very few rules. I’m so thankful that I was born in the
U.S.A and have the opportunity to live in a free country.
- Greg L.
8th grade student. Interest are Lacrosse, golf, history, basketball,
Church. He aspires to be a history teacher or pilot and volunteer
to help others.
Freedom is a short word, but its meaning is very big. We can live
without it if we are forced to but we would be deprived of many things
and activities that we take for granted in this country. It would
be quite stifling not to be able to say, or practice our opinion
on politics, religion, read or write what we want, or talk to anybody
on anything we like.
I hope I never will be in a situation where my freedom would be
- Lisa C., Boulder, CO
9th grade student. Loves swimming, history and helping others. Wants
to be a high school history teacher.
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