Reinowski Places Second at State

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAKristin Reinowski placed second at the state level of Voice of Democracy. Her essay won first at the local & district level before placing second at the state level. Kristin won $200; & then $300 plus a plaque at the state level.
This annual audio contest is sponsored by the VFW with the theme for this year “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future”.
The following is her essay:
Why am I optimistic about our Nation’s Future?
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile.
A world of optimism & hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” Richard M DeVos
I am a person who loves quotes and when looking for ideas for this essay I found this one and it really struck me. I really try to be a positive person and most of the time I think I succeed in doing so. When thinking about what to write for this essay a lot of negative thoughts popped into my mind, even though, as I said before, I believe myself to be a more positive person. There is a lot of negative going on in our country, but we, as Americans, have to be optimistic enough to know that we are a resilient nation and will bounce back.
Even though our nation has gone through some negative, such as being in debt and the government shut down, we can, and will bounce back into something positive. I can be optimistic about our nation’s future because of several factors. We are a free country with many rights and privileges that many other countries are not afforded. We have technology in a wide variety of fields with more advancements being made daily. Communication such as social networking sites and internet make the world more accessible for personal, professional, and political growth. These advancements are convenient but not necessary. However, our basic needs such as clean, running water , power sources, and quality agriculture products are also being maintained. We, as a country, have arisen from a Civic War, a Great Depression, and 9/11 and come out stronger in the end. As Kelly Clarkson would say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Some of our nation’s optimism shows in the prosperity and jobs being developed. Many of these workers move from states with struggling economies with hopes and dreams of making things better for themselves and their families. They see the positives that moving offers with their own personal sacrifice of leaving their families, previous careers, or businesses. I got to see this while talking to a man who left his home state in the hopes of making life better for him and his family. He drives a truck for an oil company and told me how good it has been for him and his family to move to where he could find a job.
Our nation’s optimism starts with us. In order to be optimistic about our nation, we first have to be optimistic about ourselves and our life. We, as students, put our optimism to the test everyday with school, sports, and several other activities. As a future high school graduate, I look forward to the changes and challenges of my future and our nation’s future. I just have to keep reminding myself that a positive attitude is so much better than a negative one and that bad is bound to happen, but we need to have faith and believe that everything will get better. Just as I opened my essay with a quote I will close my essay with a different one. In the words of Jack Layton,
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

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