I am proud to be an Arizonan because when you’re at the top of a mountain it is beautiful. If there was never Native Americans, there would not be writing on the rocks. I am proud to live in a state with a desert. Arizona is also the only state with saguaros.
When we were camping at the Grand Canyon I saw a condor and an elk. My brother and I saw an elk and followed it. It ate something, then we ran away. The condor was on Kaibab trail at ooh-ahh Point. I said, “oooooh-aaaaah.” Really, no kidding.
I am proud to live in the state where Native Americans lived because on a hiking trip there was writing on rocks. But some weren’t Native Americans’ writing. That’s bad because regular people just taking a hike were writing on the rocks, Those people are making it hard to tell which is which. Also, if this wasn’t a state where Native Americans lived then I would not have made my necklace when we were on a field trip. The colors were red, white and turquoise.
I am proud to live in a desert with coyotes. Arizona is also the only state with saguaros. With special light, scorpions go green. And I have coyotes in my backyard. I have taken hikes with Ranger B at Usery Park, Ranger Adam at San Tan Regional Park, and Ranger Pat at Estrella. When you get to the top of a mountain all the colors blend in. I learned that one of the mountains near Usery Park was a volcano. Ranger Adam taught me that the top of a snake is smooth and when it is sunny snakes like to lay on rocks.
I am proud to live in Arizona because it is my home.
• Ronan Sears, age 7, Gateway Pointe Elementary, Gilbert