Eighth Grader, Erin N., participated in the City of Torrance Students and Government Day on May 1st as the lone representative of Richardson Middle School. There was a City Council Meeting run by students from 7-8 pm in the Council Chamber. Parents and the public were invited to see them in action.
Her winning essay was based on the following prompt:
“The City of Torrance is celebrating its Centennial (100th Birthday) in 2012. You are a student in 2012 and are traveling back in time to 1912. What one person or item would you take with you and how would that make a difference in your life?”
Here’s a copy of her essay:
1912 was a year of beginnings. Not only was the city of Torrance founded, but the Girl Scouts of America was also formed. If I were to go back in time, I would take a box of the Centennial cookies (called Savannah Smiles) back to inspire the developing Girl Scout troops and their surrounding communities. I would tell them how Girl Scouting has helped girls around the world learn how to be successful in all aspects of their lives, such as in business, community leadership, civic awareness, and responsible citizenship. These skills will surely empower girls to believe in themselves that they can serve their city and persevere amid difficulties. All Girl Scouts, including myself, would have greater opportunities to grow and become leaders, some possibly in Torrance.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations, Erin. RMS is proud of you!