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What is your New Year’s resolution?

Winning Essays

Posted: January 17, 2011 10:00 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2011 4:55 a.m.

The following essays were submitted by fifth-grade students from Live Oak Elementary School.

First place
Taylor Allmann

I want to help more around the house and everywhere, try to do better on my schoolwork to get better grades, help my little brother with his homework and just be a better friend.

My other resolutions are to take care of our desert tortoise, guinea pig, dog and fish by feeding them, picking up after them and giving them time to play.

And I need time for fun and preparing for sixth grade, because time moves too fast.

So that’s my New Year’s resolution. Thanks for listening.

Second place
Kylie Eichman

My New Year’s resolutions are to have better writing, be a nicer person, not fight with my brother and listen to my mom the first time she says something.

I really want to be a nicer person by not being mean and listening to any adult that is talking.

I would also like to do better in school and tell my mom when the tests are, so that I can remember to study.

One more thing to tell you all: When someone asks for help, you can help them, instead of ignoring them and walking away. Thanks for listening.

Hope you have New Year’s resolutions too!

Third place
Leslie Paez

My New Year’s resolution is to read more. I’d like to finish reading “Chasing Vermeer,” by Blue Balliett. It is the book I’m doing my book report on. My teacher says that the book has a really good ending. I’d like to increase my reading level so I can read thicker books. That’s my New Year’s resolution.

Perla Lorenzo
My New Year’s resolution is to finish all my homework and projects on time. If I can’t keep my resolution, I’ll start a new one. If I were to do that, I would listen to my parents when they tell me a certain time to come back from playing with my friends or riding my bike. That’s my New Year’s resolution.

Alex Castillo
My New Year’s resolution is to start turning in my homework so I can get good grades. And my other New Year’s resolution is to start being kind to my friends. Another resolution is to start cleaning my room because my mom is trying to tell me to clean up my room.

Ryan Fiero

My New Year’s resolution is to write neater and be nicer to my sister. I also don’t want to argue with my parents as much because we fight a lot. I also want to play more sports, such as baseball and basketball, and just be more at peace with the world.

I also want to take a trip to Florida or go up the coast of California. I also want to get better grades, such as As, Bs, 3s and 4s. I also want to read nine books this year. I hope you have a good year.

Hunter Daniels
I want to not stall my dirt bike when I am on a ride. I also want to get better at riding with a clutch, so I don’t stall that much.

Lauryn Adams
My New Year’s resolution is nothing. I’m happy about this new year. My mom got married, I got my wish of having brothers and sisters and I learned how to fish.

But the best thing of all, is that it snowed here. It was so cool. I built a snowman. There was so much snow.

I’m kind of scared now because I forgot what it’s called, but my spine is crooked.

I’m going to wear a brace, but if it doesn’t work I’ll have to get surgery. so I’m nervous.

Now that I think about it, my wish is that someday I could meet Kobe Bryant from the Lakers.

Tiffanie Murcia
My New Year’s resolution is to hit a home run in baseball.

I’ve never hit a home run and I’ve always wanted to hit a home run. Besides, baseball is my favorite sport and I always play baseball. It is so much fun to play!

If you start playing baseball, you will probably want to hit a home run like I do. You should try it someday.

My other New Year’s resolution is to go to Big Bear. I love Big Bear. It is so much fun and you can play in the snow if you go there when it’s winter.

If you do go, bring warm clothes because it’s really cold in Big Bear when you’re there. That is my New Year’s resolution.

Leah Roysdon
My New Year’s resolution is to recycle more to help the Earth and maybe get higher grades and return my homework every day. I want to help people and do community work.

I will try to read more and practice my multiplication and division. Those are my New Year’s resolutions.

Alexa Trujillo
My New Year’s resolution is to improve my grades and study harder. First, I want to get straight As by studying harder and paying more attention in school.

Second, I want to read more in school and at home.

Last, I would like to try to stop fighting with my brother Eddie. So, if that happens, my New Year’s resolutions will be complete.

Luna Morales
New Year’s Eve is one of the greatest times of the year. My family stays up until midnight and then writes five New Year’s resolutions each.

My first resolution was penmanship because I always stunk at writing.

My second resolution was to be better at school because it never was the best part of the day.

My third resolution is pretty simple: Read more. I always kind of liked reading, but I always get distracted.

My fourth resolution is to be a better person because I always fight with my sister.

Lastly, to listen to my parents when they tell me the first time. Thanks for listening, I hope you had resolutions as well.

Joey Mejia
My New Year’s resolution is to have more fun, bike ride more, skate more and keep in touch with my friends more.

I also want to sign up for football again, do my homework more often , study for tests, go to the park and play around with my friends, read more, play more video games, hang out with my family, get new video games, play dodgeball again. get people to play football and listen to the teacher.


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