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What are you thankful for?

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Posted: December 6, 2010 9:24 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.

First place
Drake Walker
Rancho Pico Junior High School

Everyone has something they should be grateful for, like having the best parents you could ever wish for; but a lot of the time these things are taken for granted. I would just like to say that everything I have and that has been done for me is amazing. Everyone from my parents to my teachers and anyone in between has helped me throughout my life, enough to get me to the point where I am now. In the end, if I think about it, we have gotten to where we are because of the people around us. Sure, you have to try hard and what not, but it is the people around us that makes the experience worthwhile and the destination that much better. One finds this out when they realize the motivation they experienced to get to that point and then celebrate with the ones who got them there.

First and foremost, I would like to say that the thing I am no question most grateful for is my parents, who raised me and gave me tons of motivation and the help I needed to get where I am. They cared for me when I was sick, and when I was healthy, they kept me that way. When I needed help, I received it, and my homework was always understood with the proper help from them. My brother was also a big part of the family helping system. Since he is in a higher grade than me, he helped me with anything I did not understand educationally and socially. Overall, my parents and everyone in my family are an extremely giant part of the person I have become today and will continue to be so.

The next people I would love to thank are all of the great, kind and wonderful teachers I currently have or have ever had. Every teacher I ever had was amazing and more helpful then I could have ever asked for. They always taught me what I needed to know and more. It would have been literally impossible for me to get where I am without my teachers. They are the ones who gave me my good grades. I believe that all of my teachers somewhat enjoyed my presence at one point in time and that is why a lot of them liked me. I was very lucky with having wholesome, nice teachers who gave me a great education. My teachers were definitely a great percentage of the reason why I made it to where I am now.

Lastly, I would be extremely silly if I did not thank my awesome friends who are amazing when it comes to motivation and helping me overall with my school life.  Everyone one of my friends has done at least one great educational thing for me.

They help me with my homework sometimes, let me know about things I forgot about, and things like that. But that is what a friend is for and, even more so, why I am friends with that person in the first place. They helped me with anything I needed and anything I could possibly want to do or goals of mine, so that is most definitely why I could never go a week without thanking my excellent friends.

In the end, I love everyone in my life and could not think of not giving them a big “thank you.” My parents and everyone in my family are amazing and better than my mind could ever think of.

My teachers are 98 percent of my educational success, a big source of help, and someone you can ask a question or just talk to. Of course, I could not thank my friends enough, who are awesome and help me with anything I need or want help with. They are the best and I could not ask for anything more from anyone who is in my life. They are all exceptionally amazing.

Second place
Adam Liddle
Rancho Pico Junior High  School

I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for my friends, parents, and teachers. These people are very important to me. They are all very supportive.

First off, I am thankful for my parents because they are unique. They are not only unique but also very kind and thoughtful to not only me but many others, too. They are not like many other parents (in a good way), and they help me through thick and thin when I need help with something—but my parents are not the only people I am thankful for.

Second, I am thankful for my friends. They are smart, caring, and helpful people. When they see someone in need of a friend, they always know the right thing to do. They know the right from the wrong things to do and many think of them as leaders. When I need help getting through a tough time or need help with something educationally, they are always there for me.

Lastly, I am thankful for my teachers. My teachers this year are very generous and kind to many people daily as well as inspiring to others. They are not like my other teachers in that this year’s teachers are much more supportive and intelligent.

In conclusion, I am very thankful for many things. These people are all truthful. My parents, friends and teachers are people that should be respected by everyone.

Third place
Nicole Torgesen
Rancho Pico Junior High School

In this world that we live in, it’s all about more, more, more; but just think for a minute: How often do you thank others when they do something kind or generous for you? I know that I struggle with it. A wise man, Brian Tracy, once said “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

Some of the many things that I am thankful for are my family and friends, music and the time period that we live in.
I am very thankful for the wonderful people who surround me at home and at school. I know my friends will always be there for me when I’m in trouble, need help or when I’m feeling down.

My family cares for me and provides me with the things that I need and want. But above all, my friends and family love me. I hope that I will always remember to cherish and appreciate them.

Another blessing that brings joy to my life is music. This is a huge part of my life because I play the piano, sing in my junior high choir, and take part in my church choir. Music is so powerful that it can change one’s mood. I can be sad, but as soon as someone starts playing a cheerful song I can’t help but smile and sing along. Good music can bring people together when they are mourning over a loss, singing songs of praise, or celebrating good times. Finding good music can be difficult, though, considering the meaning behind most of today’s hit songs.


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