“Celebrate America” Essay Contest

As part of their 8th grade U.S. History class, Goshen Middle School students may submit an essay focused upon American ideals, heroes, or landmarks. The winning essay winners (5 are selected) win a $500 scholarship towards the class trip to Washington D.C.

Congratulations to the 2018 Essay Winners!

Chelsea Cortez

“This trip would open up a whole new world of learning and also giving me another a different opportunity which would be appreciating our nation and those who fought to get us to where we are now. As said Theodore Roosevelt ‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.’”

Breanna Mullins

“Abigail [Adams] was a hero ahead of her time, she not only stood up for what she believed in, but she also was a example for girls all around America to look up to. But, regardless she was independent, strong, courageous, and dismissed the standards that girls were held against during her time.”

Nikki Whitford

“My Dad is a firefighter. When my Dad would go on calls he would see all these kids who needed better homes…In November of 2016 I was adopted by this family. You might think that this was a huge deal and it was, but the second I moved in with them I felt like I was part of the family.”

Katelyn Brown

“Going on this trip will benefit me so much. From experiences from my great grandpa [WWII veteran] and my grandpa [Vietnam veteran] to just wanting to thank them for everything that they do for me and our country. They don’t get thanked enough.”

Jeff Herschberger

“You don’t have to be rich or famous to be a hero. Whatever circumstance you are in, you can help people. So many times when people talk about heroes, they think they have to do something momentous to make a difference. However, giving back can be as simple as making food for someone in need, talking to a person who looks lonely, or standing up for people who can’t stand up for themselves. We all have the opportunity to make a difference, big or small, every day. If we just continue to practice the values that made and still make America great, then everyone, including you, can be a hero.”