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"What Freedom Means to Me" Essay Selected in Local Contest

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The Goodland Elks Lodge sponsored a local essay contest for junior high students.  Students were asked to write on the topic "What Freedom Means to Me" as an assignment in Mrs. Gibson's English class.  Clarice Neitzel, St. Francis 8th grade student, wrote an essay that was selected as one of the top three essays in the local contest.  The top three essays will be sent on for district judging.  The district contest winners will receive U.S. savings bonds.  Congratulations, Clarice!

Clarice's essay can be found below:

“What Does Freedom Mean to Me?”

Have you ever thought about the meaning of freedom? To me, freedom means to be able to learn from my mistakes. If I didn’t have freedom, I would have to do what the top authorities always tell me to do. I don’t have any room for mistakes so it would be harder to learn about life.
Freedom also means having the time to do things right. No freedom, in this case, would mean that I wouldn’t have any time for fantastic, clever thoughts. I would have to do things extremely precise and quick. When I don’t have freedom, I am under pressure constantly. While I am under so much pressure, it makes it a more stressful world to live in.
One last example of what freedom means to me is being able to do many things without being forced into doing anything. No freedom means that I might have to enlist in the army reluctantly. I might even be forced to quarter troops and watch them take over my home! If I didn’t have freedom, I might have to get married at a young age and start a family which I have no intention of doing at my age. My life minus freedom would equal being controlled with everything. When I don’t have freedom I can’t do anything except for what the strict laws tell me to do.
In summary, we are lucky to be in a society of freedom. Just remember, we are the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Clarice Neitzel
8th Grade
St. Francis Junior High
Goodland Elks

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