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    To many living outside the United States of America, this country appears to be a place that is paved with gold.  To many, Americans seem to live a life of luxury and “have it all.”  American’s demographic statistics and the media would support this belief, and encourage others to believe that...

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    My mother collects Christmas ornaments. She buys them everywhere we go. Every vacation, road trip, journey -- each place we visit becomes a decoration to hang proudly on our tree. The ornaments hold the memories of travels passed -- of laughter, joy, and adventure. One hangs prouder than the rest....

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    My day starts at 3:30am.  There are six of us who have chosen to challenge ourselves to summit Round Top Mountain at 13,804 feet elevation to see the sunrise. I realize that there is more to this challenge than the physical elements of climbing a mountain.  It’s dark and cold as we begin our early...

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    The rocks shift beneath my feet as I draw a long breath and slip the heavy pack from my shoulders. Pulling the water bottle from the side pocket, I choose a nearby log as the first of many resting places on the long hike. The sun streams into the clearing, making the leaves dance as the wind blows...

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                Over Spring Break my family, of seven, decided to go on a road trip to Texas the week after the tornadoes hit Dallas.  That was a little unnerving and really exciting at the same time.  There we would be visiting my two half-sisters, my dad’s half-sister, and my biological family.  I...

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    Have you ever experienced something so incredible and unbelievable that you would wake up every morning, thinking that it was a dream? Have you ever wondered how you were so lucky to be experiencing something so amazing? As a seventeen year old girl, I have been able to experience this surreal...

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    Just recently, I was lucky enough to be able to obtain the experience of living in Japan as a teenager and also as a tourist. This trip has brought so much memories, experience, and even improved my Japanese language skills. This trip has opened my mind up to a lot more possibilities, I became...

  • They remind me of tsunami waves, these mountains; frozen mid-air despite the rocketing temperature of mid-August, as though they would unhesitatingly envelope me if they could.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPI wonder if this is what losing yourself in nature feels like.The...

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    Back in April I traveled to Seattle for the JEA (Journalism Education Association) journalism conference. The trip was such a treat. Not only was it practically paid for, but I was able to share the experience with my fellow classmates Elizabeth and Addie, and the most fun-loving chaperones you...

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    Waking up in the morning and breathing fresh mountain air is often a reminder of my love for my hometown of Colorado Springs.  Almost everyday I see the sun shining down on the vastness of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. A prominent feature of this family-friendly city “The Springs,” as locals...

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