Schurr wins essay competition

  Haylee Schurr, formerly of Sharon Springs, won first place in the Goodland VFW Post essay contest for her essay “America’s Gifts for my Generation.” Haylee’s English teacher, Mrs. Artzer, encourages her students to write and given the opportunity, she doesn’t hesitate to turn a classroom writing assignment into a chance to win a scholarship.

  Haylee’s essay placed first in the junior high division, awarding her a cash prize.  Her essay has gone on to a regional competition.  Those who place at regionals, move on to state, and then ultimately move on to the national competition in hopes of winning a $10,000 scholarship from the VFW.  Haylee is the daughter of Shannon Schurr and Jamie Barton, Goodland, and granddaughter of Bill and Cindy Schurr of Sharon Springs. 

 “I am just so proud of Haylee,” Mrs. Artzer said.

America’s Gifts for my Generation

by Haylee Schurr

As an American, I have many rights that people in other countries don’t,
such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, but
these are all very basic. As a patriot, I would like to talk about the freedoms
my uncle fights for to this day. My uncle Matthew Marcotte is in the U.S.
military. he and I have been super close since I was little.
Many military personnel give up so much for the freedom of others, such as
celebrating holidays with their family members or watching their kids grow
up. They give these things up so that the rest of us can keep the freedom our
country and military grant us. We have the privilege to be happy because so
many people give up their lives for us. I believe that is the most immense gift
I have received as an American today.

In many countries children have to start work at the age of 13; some countries
have no age restriction creating a harsh work environment that could
cause those children harm. As an American, I have revelled in the fact that I
get more time to spend on my education so that I will have a better career for
myself and future family when I’m older. I believe that this restriction is to
ensure a prosperous future for the minority of today. This limitation opens so
many doors for our future and gives us multiple opportunities to succeed in

As an American. I have received gifts that people in other countries don’t
even get to think about. I get to have a good education. family, and so many
possibilities in front of me. As a child your parents tell you that you can be
anything you want to be, if you put your mind to it. as an American I believe
that l get every opportunity to prove this statement right. I think that these
chances arc what drew colonists to these shores in 1607 and compelled much
more to come. So many now know that with a little hard work America is
where your dreams can become a reality.


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