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June 4, 2013 > Local student wins top honors in statewide essay competition

Local student wins top honors in statewide essay competition

Submitted By Jennifer Toy Harrison

Native Sons of the Golden West, an organization focused on preserving and emphasizing the importance of California history, recently announced winners of its fourth grade essay contest. Bryce Toy Harrison, a student in Ms. Laird's class at Glenmoor Elementary School was selected as a top contestant in the 2013 district contest and second place statewide. His essay follows:

California and Me!

California and I have several things in common. First, California and I share the same birthday! California is 152 years older than I am. I was born on September 9, 2002. On September 9, 1850, California became the 31st state as it entered the Union as a free non-slavery state.

Secondly, we grew fast in the beginning of our life. Due to the California Gold Rush, California's population increased very quickly, from 1,000 to 20,000 from 1848 to 1850. Just like California, I grew very quickly in my first few years of life due to my growth spurts.

Third, we both moved four times in our first four years. In the winter of 1850 and 1851, the first Capitol was established in San Jose. The legislature was dissatisfied with the location, so the Capitol was moved to Vallejo in 1853. The Capitol still didn't meet the government's needs, so it moved three miles away to Benicia. Although the government liked the new location, the area was too small for the growing state's government to expand. So in 1854, the California Capitol was moved to Sacramento, where it still lives today.

I was born in Fremont, and then transferred to another hospital in Palo Alto for two weeks, and then I was taken home. My parents realized that we needed a bigger house because my baby brother was coming, so we moved to a larger house just down the street in 2004.

Fourth, California and I both love the theatre. California is world famous for Hollywood's movie studios and celebrities. I love the theatre, and have been performing on stage since I was four years old.

To this day, both California and I are thriving and healthy; and we treasure our birthday, September 9th.

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