The following essay on Americanism by Emma Rudd, a fifth grader at Calvary Christian Academy in Silver City, New Mexico, won the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18's contest, was sent on to the state contest and ended up in first place in Class II of the Western Division American Legion Auxiliary contest.
The Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 and its Auxiliary chose to present Emma with a certificate of appreciation at the annual banquet recognizing Boys' State and Girls' State participants. It took place Thursday evening, Oct. 19, 2017.
Americanism Essay Contest
How does learning about government and our America help you become a future guardian of the liberties of our country?
By Emma Rudd
I believe learning about our government and our America can help me become a future guardian of the liberties of our country in many ways. Learning and understanding how our government has grown and transformed our America, teaches me to become a productive, active citizen that is confident in my abilities to be a strong advocate for the rights and liberties that our founding fathers attended to preserve and defend.
Understanding our government and our America also teaches me to become an informed citizen that is well educated on the issues our country is facing. It also teaches me how previous experiences helped shape our current country and leadership. This provides me with the foundation needed to make informed choices regarding voting and political choices. Making informed political choices assists in upholding the Constitution and our rights and liberties under this one republic.
At their October meeting, held yesterday at the Sunset Cafeteria at WNMU, The Grant County Federation of Republican Women heard Peter Burrows give a presentation on Islamic law, sharia, as it applies to women.
Burrows referred to the Koran and a book of sharia law in his presentation. The full text of his talk can be found at silvercityburro.com.
Burrows writes Libertarian Leanings for The Grant County Beat and has written extensively on the religion of Islam over the past few years.
EMS Director, Eloy Medina has been working to get ambulance services in the Mimbres for the past two years. Two volunteer firefighter sisters went through training at Doña Ana Community College and received their EMT basic training at Gila Regional Medical Center EMS with intentions to become paramedics.
Silver City, NM – Six Western New Mexico University students enrolled in applied technology programs received scholarships from the Southwest New Mexico Home Builders Association this week. The awards ceremony took place earlier this month during a luncheon on the WNMU campus.
The Gila Regional Medical Center EMS Team is Proud to Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Throughout October you will see the GRMC EMS sporting their pink when out and about and saving lives.
From left are Donald Gorden, Paramedic; Marisol Torres, Advanced EMT; and Heather Grenci, EMS Department Coordinator.
Silver City – Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region is proud to announce the addition of Donna Guevara as Program Specialist in Silver City, as well as the opening of their local office. BBBS has been rebuilding in Grant County since the middle of 2015. As the program has grown so has the need for a local staff person, as well as a local office. Currently approximately 30 children are being served in the program with more lined up to be matched with a Big soon.
Donna Guevara was in the Air Force for 8 years as a Mental Health Technician, helping Airmen deal with issues such as PTSD and depression and assisting families in dealing with the deployments of their family members. She has lived in Minnesota, Colorado, Texas and North Carolina before coming to Silver City about a year ago, where she has gotten involved in the community including as a CASA for Grant County children. She is currently working part time as a Program Specialist interviewing, matching and supporting children and volunteers for the BBBS program, and is finishing her Masters in Social Work at WNMU.
Silver City, NM – To address changes to Federal laws affecting Latino immigrants, one Western New Mexico University student organization has been recently reinvigorated and is sponsoring and hosting campus events that bring awareness to Latino issues and culture.
The Silver City Library has Friends – around 200 of them. These are the members of the Friends of the Silver City Library (FOL), and along with FOLs across the country, they are celebrating National Friends of the Library Week, October 16-22, 2017. The Silver City Library and the Silver City Friends of the Library invite the public to visit the Library this week, during regular business hours and learn how the group contributes to help keep the Library and its services available to all community residents.
"The Friends of the Silver City Public Library was established in 1992 and has raised over $375,000 for the library to date," said Linda Gray, FOL President. "The Friends is a non-profit 501c3 organization which provides funds to the Library to supplement its regular budget."
The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.
The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.
The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.
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