Essay winner: what makes America unique

Gregory Papadin is the winner of the 2013 essay contest sponsored by Sonoma Valley Repulican Women Federated. The teenager, off to his first year of college at San Diego State, attended Prestwood Elementary, Adele Harrison Middle School, and finally Sonoma Valley High School. “My father is Russian, my mother is English, so I’ve been raised with the ideals of both a scholar and a barbarian,” he said. “I’ve always loved fixing things and fiddling with anything that illuminates with power. My hope is to achieve my passion of becoming a guru of all things technology.’

Papadin’s winning essay addressed this year’s contest theme, “What makes the United States a Unique County?”

A Nation of Opportunity and Freedom

The United States is a country of economic prosperity, having a one-of-a-kind story of becoming an independent nation through the will and pride of its people.  Starting from humble beginnings as colonies and turning into a booming industrial nation, America is the land where we overcame the odds of failure.

Our wars were won with American pride and our businesses fueled by the hard working American.  The goal of our people is to achieve the “American Dream”, a concept that grasps our nation and gives us the motive to achieve our goals.  No other country has such a dream for their people, this is one of the reasons why we are such a diverse nation; people want the “American Dream” because there is no other dream like it.

My mother and father came here as first-generation immigrants, with nothing but a backpack and their first-born son. Starting from scratch, they managed to raise a family of seven children just through hard work and the liberties that this great country gave to them.  We are such an accepting country, allowing anyone with a passion and good work ethic to achieve their wildest dreams.

Countries like Pakistan and Haiti suffer from poor government and poverty, whereas the United States has built a Democracy that allows issues to be decided on by its people, while keeping the economy afloat.  Our stable and welcoming country is definitely one of he reasons why we have such a various amount of people living here from all over the world.  Composed almost entirely out of immigrants, America is the focal point of diversity and acceptance.

The words, “Land of the free and the home of the brave” attracts people of all race, gender or color.  Given that we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights protecting our freedoms and beliefs, American is the ideal country for someone looking to live without fear of their government.  We can practice religion freely, show our true beliefs about the nation, and respect each other’s ideas peacefully without fear of imprisonment or harm from our government.  Living a nation that allows freedom, opportunity and dreams to come true is why the United States is a unique country.


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