Morgan Hill Freedom Essay Contest Winners

Morgan Hill Freedom Essay Contest Winners

This year, the Freedom Fest Essay Contest had 90 entries. The contest was open to 2nd through 5th graders. The topic of this year's contest was "Write a Thank You note to someone who makes this country great."

We are pleased to announce the Primary Division Grand Prize winner from Paradise Valley Engineering Academy, 3rd grader Carly. The Intermediate Grade Grand Prize  winner from Barrett Elementary is 5th grader, Daniel. We have included both winning essays here. Congratulations to Carly, Daniel and to the other MHUSD participants! 

Carly: "There are lots of people who make this country great. Our Armed Forces fight for our country’s freedom. Firefighters put out fires and keep people safe. Doctors and veterinarians take care of people and animals and make sure they’re healthy. But, I’d really like to thank a very special group of people who also help make our country awesome – Police Officers!

My dad is a retired police officer. He got hurt doing his job keeping others safe. It takes a lot of courage to be a police officer. They stop bad guys from hurting other people. They’re always there for people who are in danger or injured. Police Officers keep kids safe by teaching them to follow laws and pay attention to their surroundings.

Morgan Hill even has a police dog named Basco! He uses his nose to sniff out drugs. Basco works with his dad, Sergeant Pires. Police Officers are always working, even on holidays.  They are very dedicated to their job.

They’re brave because they run toward danger when everyone’s running away from it.

Thank you, Police Officers, for keeping our country safe and making it a great place to be."

Daniel: "When chaos and uncertainty looms, heroes who embody courage, and selflessness come. These are first responders, the steadfast preservers of our communities, who answer the call of duty with unwavering heart. Your commitment is unparalleled, and it is with gratitude that I give my thanks to you, brave men and women.

First, I express my appreciation for the sacrifices you make each day.

You put your lives on the line to ensure the safety and well-being of others, often facing perilous situations without hesitation. Whether rushing into burning buildings to save lives, providing medical care at the scene of an accident, or confronting acts of violence, you show bravery in the face of adversity. Your commitment to protecting life and property is nothing short of heroic.

Moreover, you serve as beacons of hope and reassurance in times of crisis. Your quick response to emergencies instills a sense of security within our communities, offering support to those in need. Your compassion and empathy shine as you provide aid to those experiencing tragedy and hardship.

Additionally, I recognize the skill and expertise you hold in your respective fields. Through rigorous training and education, you equip yourselves with the knowledge and proficiency necessary to find the way through the most challenging of situations. Your professionalism and competence enable you to make split-second decisions under pressure, often with lives hanging in the balance. Your dedication to honing your skills ensures that you are prepared to confront any challenge with precision and effectiveness.

Moreso, I acknowledge the sacrifices you and your families endure. The demanding nature of your work often requires long hours, sleepless nights, and time away from loved ones. Yet, despite the inherent challenges and hardships, you remain steadfast in your commitment to serving others.

Your resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity serve as an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the true meaning of selflessness.

In conclusion, the debt of gratitude owed to you, first responders, is immeasurable. Your unwavering dedication, courage, and sacrifice embody the very of America's spirit. As I reflect on your contributions to our communities, let me honor your service with the utmost respect and appreciation. To you, our first responders, I say thank you—for your heart, and your commitment to keeping us safe."

Other winners include: 2nd place, Ella, 2nd grader from Jackson Academy of Math and Music; 3rd place, Andrew, 3rd grader from El Toro Health Science Academy; 3rd Prize, 5th grader Damian from Barrett Elementary School. Congratulations!! The winning essays will be included in the district quarterly newsletter, which will be published in mid-May.