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11/14/2012 8:15:00 AM
Chino Valley Lionesses award Centennial essays
I Love Arizona Because.....

By Alex Ayala

I love Arizona because I was born here and lots of my friends are here. Arizona turned 100 years old on February 14. Even Saguaro Cactus and Mesquite trees grow here. Rattlesnakes love here, lots of scary things, but that's what makes Arizona so Special. Oh and there are other animals too like Gila Monsters, Tarantulas, Coyotes and Scorpions. We have the Grand Canyon. The length is 18 miles wide and 277 miles long. I love Arizona, don't you?

I Love Arizona Because......

By Nyah Jones

I love Arizona because of its beauty. I love laying in the sweet, smelling grass and watching the blazing sunset. I like staying out late and gazing at the stars above me. I feel like I can do anything without anybody holding me down. I love it when it rains. The fresh smells tingle in my nose. I don't know why, but I feel so happy when I sing and dance in the rain. I can open my spirit to the world and let it know that Arizona's the best place to be. That's why I love Arizona.

I Love Arizona Because......

By Bailey Diamond

I love Arizona because of the beautiful sunrises in the morning. I wake up around 6:15 to watch the sun come up. Sometimes it can be purple, orange, blue, red, or pink. This is why I love Arizona. Also Arizona helps me with my arthritis in my hip. Because of the dry heat, it is helping my arthritis, and in wet weather my arthritis flares up. That's my second reason why I love Arizona and moved to Arizona.

By Sandi Martin
Special to the Review

The Chino Valley Lioness organization challenged the fourth- and fifth-grade students at Del Rio and Territorial Elementary schools to write essays about why they love Arizona. The Lionesses received 204 entries, and after reading them all, chose 10 essays to present at the Lion's Pancake Breakfast during this year's Territorial Days. The public read and then voted on these essays. The Lionesses awarded first, second, third places, top ten, and honorable mention certificates and cash prizes at an assembly or broadcast them at their schools. The students whose essays were chosen included:

First Place: Alex Ayala; Second Place: Nyah Jones; Third Place: Bailey Diamond.

Top Ten: Melanie Mayhall, Natalie De Caro, Lindsey ten Berge, Madison Morin, Angeline Larsen, Ashley McGuffey, Collin Newberry, Keiana Vreyens, Katryna Davis and James Long.

Honorable Mention: Jacob Hogan, Kori Hewitt, Emma Cianciola, Crystal Sanchez, Kaity Kasun, Kyra Mastin, Tyler Cloyd, Danielle Goeke, Gabby Vasquez, Madison Cornelius, Hailey Chisum and Miriam Alvarez.

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