Vietnam Wall poster/essay winners
By News-Argus Staff
Published in The Wall That Heals on April 21, 2013 2:26 AM
Wayne County Public Schools recognized student winners in an essay and poster contest to support the arrival of the "The Wall That Heals" this past week at Wayne Community College.
The district participated in the week-long event in a variety of ways, officials said. At the opening ceremony, during which there was a tribute to Vietnam veterans and families, the school system had student groups, ROTC units and the Charles B. Aycock High School band in attendance. Several Vietnam veterans also spoke at area schools about the war and its place in the history of the United States.
The Veterans and PatriotsCoalition Poster and Essay Contest drew many entries, said Dr. Sandra McCullen, associate superintendent, curriculum and instruction.
"The art work and essays were outstanding and depicted reflections of how our nation struggled during the Vietnam War," she said.
First-place winners in each category were recognized at a ceremony Friday morning at the college, during which students read their winning essays and made brief comments about the meaning of their posters.
Copies of the essays and posters will be included in a time capsule that will be buried Monday at the Wayne Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Goldsboro, Dr. McCullen said, and honorable mention students will receive a ribbon at a later date.
"I could not be prouder of the support that has been given to this event from the school system," she said. "We appreciate the extra effort that all our WCPS employees gave to show our support of the important community event for Wayne County."
Winners in the "What Freedom Means to Me" contest are listed below.
Essay contest winners
Grades 4-5: Karen Aguirre-Vargas, fifth-grader at Brogden Middle School, $100 award
Grads 6-8: Brandy Parker, eighth-grader at Norwayne Middle School, $200 award
Grades 9-12: Timothy Santee, 12th grade at Rosewood High School, $300 award
Grades 4-5: Anna Campbell, fifth-grader at Grantham School, $100 award
Grades 6-8: Morgan Yelverton, eighth-grader at Norwayne Middle, $200 award
Grades 9-12: Angel Henn, 11th grader at Rosewood High School, $300 award
Best of Show Poster
Edmonds Alexander, a senior at Charles B. Aycock High School, $300 award.
Shown above are the essay and poster contest winners in the "What Freedom Means to Me" contest. Front row: Karen Aguirre-Vargas; back row, from left: Brandy Parker, Morgan Yelverton, Alexander Edmonds, Timothy Santee, Angel Henn and Anna Campbell.
Have you ever thought about the meaning of the term “freedom“? In my opinion, freedom is an abstract category, which is characterized with the opportunity of doing everything you want if it does not cause harm to other people. Freedom cannot be described in simple words, because this term contains many deep meanings. Different people understand freedom in various ways.
Someone thinks that freedom is the right to walk in any place he wants. Another one says that freedom is the right to say everything he wants without the fear on being punished. Finally, one can say that freedom is the right to choose the government in the discreet way. But what is freedom? Let us observe this issue in detail.
To my mind, freedom is the right to do and speak everything you want if it does not limit the rights and freedoms of other people. There are many countries where there is no freedom. People cannot criticize their government and cannot express their opinion on public. When they say something different from the official opinion of the state, they are punished. Such people can be fined or even imprisoned. Some countries practice capital punishment for such things. Doubtless, these people do not have any freedoms and solid rights.
When I hear the term “freedom”, I understand that I have the freedom of choice. It is easy to understand the meaning of freedom on the example of elections. When there are several political parties, which have the same chances for victory, it is freedom. If you can take part in elections and compete with other candidates, it is freedom. When a party can act in the discreet way without the pressure of the government, it is freedom. Everybody knows that it is impossible to be an honest and noble politician in the developing countries. Such politicians are closely connected with criminals, drug trafficking, etc. Such states are characterized with corruption. Naturally, a common sincere politician will not be able to change the existing situation for the better. He cannot act in the way he wants. Moreover, he can be murdered for the different manner of thinking.
Freedom is the right to open your own business. Nearly every smart and ambitious person dreams about her own firm, which will produce different goods and services. I believe that it is impossible to open a small workshop or a store in the third world country, which suffers from corruption.
Healthy economy is based on healthy competition. When there is no competition, there is no freedom. I would like to establish my own company, which will manufacture customized bikes. If I dared to open a firm of this kind in the country where there is no freedom, I would fail. There are always two of three companies, which have conquered the entire market of custom bikes. I would not have any chances for prosperity if I worked in these conditions. “Free countries” provide people with wide opportunities of opening their own business. They help people reveal their potential for the good of the domestic economy. Free countries are always rich and prosperous, because every citizen can open his small business. He pays taxes and fills the state budget with money. In this case, freedom is closely connected with money.
Finally, freedom is the right to say “no”. If you do not agree with decision of the government, you can say “no” and protest. You will not be punished for your personal subjective opinion.
Consequently, freedom is the right to express your opinion aloud without the fear of imprisonment or violence from the side of the state.
Freedom is an abstract category, which provides you with wide opportunities. On the other hand, you ought to understand that your actions and ideas must not violate the law and cause harm to the surrounding people.
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