Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest:  

SOUTH FLORIDA

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2015 Winner

Olga Rocio Rivas

Carrollton School, Miami, Florida

 

 

America Believes...

 

I Believe...

Immigrants make up America.

I Believe...

They make me who I am.

I Believe...

They worked and struggled for a new life and for opportunity.

I Believe...

I would not be living my life in America without immigrants in my life.

They Believe...

They would be able to find hope in a land with thousands of people just like them with dreams.

They Believe...

Their families would grow in opportunity and land.

They Believe...

In Chinese New Year, Yorn Kippur, and Day of the Dead.

They Believe...

They could prosper in a land of hope.

They Believe...

They could escape the tragedies of their land.

We Believe...

 

 

 

 

That immigrants make up what America is today.

We Believe...

In pastelitos, pizza, and dumplings.

We Believe...

People came for new lives that were different than before.

We Believe...

In the hope of a new and unique country.

We Believe...

That diversity makes America unique and special.

 

 

America is full of immigrants from different countries, but they all had and still have one thing in common, their beliefs. They all believed that America was full of opportunity, prosperity, difference, and hope. They believed in different religions, different traditions, and different cultures. But they still believed. They believed they would make it, even if it was very hard. They all believed no matter what. They all believed. They all believed, "America, the great land of opportunity. Not despair and disaster, not my old land full of hypocrisy." Immigrants believed in change and were not afraid of it. Therefore America has them, for us to keep. They came to become proud Americans, just like me. Immigrants make me where I am, who I am, and what I am. They make up my family. I Believe. They Believed. We Believe. America will always believe.

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