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Worthington Christian School student wins state Elks essay contest

Essay subject was "What does it mean to love your country?"

Cali Visser, a student at Worthington Christian School, won first place in the 7-8 grade division of the Minnesota Elks Association’s annual essay contest on Americanism.
Cali Visser, a student at Worthington Christian School, won first place in the 7-8 grade division of the Minnesota Elks Association’s annual essay contest on Americanism.
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WORTHINGTON — Cali Visser, an eighth grader at Worthington Christian School, won first place in Division 1 (7th-8th graders) in the Minnesota Elks Association’s annual essay contest on Americanism.

This year’s essay topic was, “What does it mean to love your country?”

Visser’s entry was submitted through Worthington Elks Lodge 2287. Her essay follows:

“What does it mean to love your country? Everyone’s answer to it could be different. What I think loving your country means is that you’re proud of it, but not afraid to fix the problems, that you show patriotism, and you are part of a community.

“Loving your country means being proud of it, but not afraid to change it. Barack Obama said, ‘In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.’ That quote is relevant to this topic because if you love your country, you’re willing to change it. There are many things to be proud of in a country, but every place has struggles. We need to be subservient people. To love your country, you need to be willing to help.

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“Patriotism is a big part of loving your country. In fact, patriotism is the definition of loving your country. It means celebrating the holidays and wearing the colors of your country. Patriotism is not just fitting in, but it is also acting how you want your country to be remembered. You are representing your country, so if you act kind and helpful, your country could be seen as kind and helpful.

“Loving your country is also about unity. No hate. We all need to be a community and love one another. After all, ‘…it’s the people who make the nation great, not the land.’ – (McCusker 52). “Benevolent, meaning a kind person, is a good adjective to describe how we should act. If we are benevolent, we will have unity.

“In my opinion, being proud of your country, showing patriotism, and being part of a community, means loving your country. Your country is your home, no matter what country you’re in!”

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