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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:22 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

Have you ever lived in a place and you were proud of it? I have, and that place would be Arizona. I’m so proud I could gasconade about it all day long if I had to. There are many reasons why I am proud to live in Arizona: its history, its climate, and its popularity. Those are only some of the reasons why I am proud to live in Arizona.

To begin, one of my favorite reasons why I am appreciative to live in Arizona is its history. Arizona has a huge history. I know a lot, but there is still a quantity of things I need to learn! Here are some facts about Arizona. It became a state on February 14, 1912 and was the 48th state to be established in the U.S. Charles Poston is called the “Father of Arizona” because he was the one who convinced Abraham Lincoln to sign the treaty of Hidalgo which made Arizona a territory. I am very

honored by Arizona’s history.

In addition, Arizona has a very exciting and interesting climate. It’s fascinating because we have a variety of climate regions throughout Arizona. The northern part of Arizona is colder then the southern part. You see, in Flagstaff it sometimes has a beautiful snowy cover in the winter. In Gilbert though, it just has cool temperatures in the winter. Everyone loves Arizona’s weather. Also the highest point in Arizona is Humphrey’s peak near Flagstaff. The lowest point is the Colorado River which is 70 feet above sea level. So, that’s another reason why I am proud to live in Arizona.

Arizona is really popular. People like it because it has good education. Can you believe it; Arizona has three major universities? They are Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. ASU has programs that are ranked best in the nation! NAU is a public university. Its main campus is in Flagstaff. U of A is a really old university. It was chartered in 1885 and was opened in 1891. Arizona has many other reasons why it is so popular — so many I can’t even count them all.

Now you know why I am thrilled to live in Arizona and why you should visit someday. I am proud for many reasons and no one will change that. I cherish Arizona’s varied climate and I am intrigued by its history. Arizona is very popular. I am extremely proud to live in Arizona.

• Jennifer Newcomb, 4th grade, Centennial Elementary, Gilbert

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