Middle School, Third Place Winner – 2015 Essay Winner
Teacher, Janel Meehan

Have you ever seen a firefighter go into a burning building, a police officer save a life, or even a military personal defending our country? Those brave men and women might not be fearless but there obligation to their country over rules their fear. By examining honor, courage, and commitment it’s comprehensible that these characteristics are not found in a standard person.

To begin with, these three qualities aren’t just found in service men and women. Every day I see someone demonstrating honor, courage, and commitment in a variety of ways, when someone has the tenacity to stand up and speak their mind it’s a marvel how much it makes an impact. Even those who don’t serve in the military, still inspire me to have the highest quality and proficiency in my work. It is hard to say that a singular person inspires when everybody does impactful and brave things.

Honor is an empowering word it means to respect and to salute. I honor the flag and the military because of everything they do for my country. Commitment is something I do all the time I commit to organizing a function or helping at a dance. In a similar way commitment is like honor in that I give my full attention to the task ahead.

Thirdly, the quality courage, I feel it has the largest importance or validity. It is hard to be brave and stand up for what you know is just. How I show honor is all up to me, I have to be brave, audacious, and stand up. As C.S. Lewis once said “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point”. Knowing this there are so many people who have courage and use it at the right moments to make an impact.

Therefore, it is not just the big things that make an impact. It is in the same way not just policeman, fireman, or military that help and if I set our minds to it I can be heroic. I strive to live to the peak of perfection in these qualities. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” – John Wooden.

Bio: 2015 THIRD PLACE: Courage Essay by Devon Pham Tran, a grade 7 student from Monroe Clark Middle School, in San Diego, CA., and submitted by teacher, Janel Meehan.

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