Commentary: A nation of freedoms, cultures and opportunities

Every year, Huntington VFW Post No. 10466 sponsors a patriotic essay contest open to seventh and eighth grade students in Shelton and Derby.

The theme this year is “Why I’m glad to be an American,” and the two winners from Shelton Intermediate School were Sabrina Hudson and Tyler Romano.

By Sabrina Hudson

I am glad to be an American because of the freedoms that we have, because we are a country of many cultures, and because we are a country with many job opportunities.

An example of one of the freedoms that Americans have is the freedom of religion. The freedom of religion is when Americans have a right to choose which religion that they would like to be faithful to, and some Americans do not choose a religion at all.

In many other countries, choosing your religion is not an option, and you have to choose the religion that the law is enforcing.

Many countries consist of many people of the same ethnicity and cultures, but in America, we have people from all over the world. For example, my mom is from London, England, my mom’s mom is from India, and my dad’s mom is from Nurnberg, Germany.

In some other countries, there are not many people who have different ethnicities or cultures.

America has many job opportunities for men and women. In many countries, men and women don’t both have jobs, and the people who do have jobs are mainly men.

But in America, men and women both have a big variety of job choices, and men and women can both have the same job — giving more opportunities to both men and women.

In conclusion, I am glad to be an American because of the many freedoms that we have which other countries do not have, because of many cultures which America is made up of, and because of the many job opportunities that men and women both have.

Sabrina Hudson, an eighth grader at Shelton Intermediate School, is an honors student who swims, is a member of the Ansonia’s Sprinters team, and next year will pursue marine science at the Bridgeport Aquaculture School.