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Alyssa King

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:51 am | Updated: 11:02 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

Arizona is one of the most beautiful states in the United States. Arizonan’s are lucky enough, to not even have to go on vacations, they already live in paradise. People all over the world strive to live in Arizona; some people even leave their hometowns, to be present during the wonderful seasons, that Arizona is known for.

Arizona is one of the few places that is located in a central area where you can be almost anywhere in the nick of time. Arizona is known for its deserts, cacti and radiant sunny weather, but it can be very versatile. In only two hours anyone can take a quick get away, to experience the colder weather, including snow. In less than five hours, it is possible to be playing in the refreshing, ocean water, while still being fairly close to home. Arizona is also home of the Grand Canyon; one of the seven wonders of the world; a sight that everyone wants to observe. Not to mention that there is no place anyone could ever be, that would be more pure and truly amazing, than an Arizona sunset.

The founders of Arizona were courageous people, who would do anything and endure anything for the desert land. The people of the land are exactly the same as the founders. They truly care about the people that surround them. Everyone feels welcome and excepted; because that is just the environment the people have set. There will never be a single moment that a caring Arizonan is not ready to help out the community and the people that populate it. Whether a person is new to the land or already acquainted, there will always be someone ready to grant them a helping hand.

Arizonans are very proud of the beauty that the state possess and determined to protect it, under all circumstances. Arizona is constantly aware of new ways to preserve energy, recycle and overall stay green. The people know that the only way to maintain the state is to take care of it and that is exactly what the citizens do. New advances have been made to help the environment stay clean; one example would be the fuel-efficient smart car that a great percentage of the people drive. The never-ending sunshine also allows the state to take advantage of solar heating and cooling. Arizonan’s are always looking for ways to protect what they hold so dear.

Arizona is the ideal place to live. The people are friendly, environmentally aware, and care about one another. The sights that can be experienced in Arizona cannot be seen elsewhere. Once someone has experienced what Arizona has to offer, there is absolutely no way they will wont to leave.

• Alyssa King, 10th grade, Higley High School, Gilbert

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