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  • Quarter Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship My trip to Washington D.C. My trip to Washington D.C. was very tremendous. In fact, I would like to thank the “Close-Up Program for New Americans” for the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and to attend the Inauguration of the 44th...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • Every summer my family and I take a plane to Denver, Colorado and drive three hours through the bare country in order to reach our destination to a small, barren town of Kimball, Nebraska. Many people do not understand why my family would visit a place where there is "nothing to do" since it is...

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  • There is no place like home, and the fact that I do not possess ruby red slippers was no barrier to my repeating that phrase as often as possible during my trip to India this summer. It was my first trip there since I had moved to Canada about five years ago, and the idea of a homecoming appealed...

    Tags: Asia
  • We are going to Hawaii!! The surf, the sun, the shopping, the lights and sounds of Waikiki were all awaiting me. And yet, there was more. There was a side of Hawaii that held some history, hard work, sadness and triumph. This was the story of life on a sugar cane plantation. The life of immigrants...

  • Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics, “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountains majesties About the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!” to describe the United States of...

  • Mission Impossible. I remember one of the girls in my cabin dropping bibles, pencils, anything within reach to get my attention. Around two-thirty in the morning I feel a tap.  Quickly jolting up, I see her. She looks sad as she tells me her teddy bear is missing. On to my hands and knees I go...

  •     Sometime before I decided that band class was the meat grinder of my school's curriculum, I went on a trip to Chicago with my school's Wind Ensemble. My class and I travelled to play on the Chigago Symphony Stage, where we faced off against two schools to win the kind of plaque that Moses could...

  • I still remember the day that I walked out the steps of the airplane. The fresh breeze blowing across my face, the sound of a new language that dropped my tongue down to the ground, and the many diverse people walking around. Suddenly there was strange people guiding us in a foreign direction and I...

  • I live in the vibrant and diverse bay area.  The most amazing things happen here, and a lot of them in San Francisco, or “The City.” The City is full of culture, history and diverse happenings. If you are a first time visitor in San Francisco there are some definite must sees and eats that I...

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