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NV150 Essay Contest

Destiny Sunday – 5th Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Destiny Sunday, 7th Grade, Ely Learning Bridge, Ely “All for Our Country” Nevada’s state motto “All for Our Country” is very mysterious. There is no form of documentation on who or why the person came up with it. All we can do as citizens of Nevada, is wonder, “What does our state motto mean?” or “How did the person come up with “All for Our Country”?” Well, this isn’t about wondering “Why?” it’s about how we earned the motto, “All... Read More

Lennox Purinton – 4th Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Lennox Purinton, 7th Grade, Ely Learning Bridge, Ely ‘ALL FOR OUR COUNTRY’ By Lennox Purinton Nevada’s motto, “All for our Country”, has always been on the state seal, but no one knows its origin. Nevada became a state during the Civil War and right before the presidential election in 1864. On July 4, 1864 the Constitutional Convention met in Carson City (Carson City is now Nevada’s Capitol, where the Governor resides and the State Legislature meets) a year after the... Read More

Michael Pero – 3rd Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Michael Pero, 7th Grade, Southern Highlands Preparatory School, Las Vegas The interesting thing about the state of Nevada is that “All for Our Country” wasn’t our first state motto. The first motto for our state was “Volens et Potens” which is Latin for “Willing and Able”. This motto suggested that as a state we were willing and able to do anything for our country. In 1866, the motto was changed to “All for Our Country” and it makes me believe... Read More

Vanessa Hernandez – 2nd Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Vanessa Hernandez, 8th Grade, Swainston Middle School, North Las Vegas Nevada State Motto-“All for Our Country” “All for Our Country” is Nevada’s unique motto expressing that they would do anything to serve their country. Nevada became a state, which lead to the development of this specific motto, using this motto there are ways in which we can improve our states and help make our world a better place. “All for Our Country” has been symbolizing Nevada ever since it became... Read More

Sydney Lin – 1st Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Sydney Lin, 6th Grade, Hyde Park Middle School, Las Vegas All for Our Country Our state motto: is it “Battle Born”? “The Silver State”? “Volens et Potens”? Nope, none of those run-of-the-mill phrases are considered to be our official state motto.  Nevada’s state motto is “All for our country” and, as Nevadans, we should be proud of what we do to make Nevada a great state. It was on February 24, 1866 that Nevada’s state legislature officially changed the motto on the seal to... Read More

Tristan Graney – 5th Place High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Tristan Graney, 11th Grade, Nevada Learning Academy, Las Vegas “The Eyes of Service” His eyes are a prideful road map of a state’s rich history, twinkling in the sunlight and filled with decade’s worth of memories and wonder about a place he loves dearly. At 80 years old, Fred Miller defines America and its sense of nationalistic values. He sat there one humid fall morning, at the Veterans’ Memorial Park in Boulder City, Nevada, a man who served his country... Read More

Dawn Dabler – 4th Place High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Dawn Dabler, 11th Grade, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Reno “All For Our Country” Nevada is often recognized by its well-known Seal, which represents the various aspects of Nevada’s history. It is composed of mountains, a quartz mill, the sunshine, a silver miner, agriculture, a train, and many more. In a golden banner across the bottom, the words “All for Our Country” are shown. These words carry a great deal of significance about Nevada’s past and present opportunity to enhance... Read More

Christina Henney – 3rd Place High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Christina Henney, 11th Grade, Shadow Ridge High School, Las Vegas All for Our Country The Nevada state motto “All for Our Country” in a nutshell means we support the country no matter what. The motto goes way back to February 24, 1866 just after the Civil War in which Nevada legislature met to change it from the original motto “Willing and Able.” The motto comes just after the Civil War finished showing Nevada’s desire to support a strong Federal Union.... Read More

Isabel Spaugh – 2nd High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Isabel Spaugh, 11th Grade, Shadow Ridge High School, North Las Vegas “All for Our Country” There is much confusion about Nevada’s state motto. Most people think it is “Battle Born,” when it is actually “All for our Country.” The time when Nevada was made a state plays a key part in the confusion and decision of why the state motto is what it is. The motto “All for Our Country,” was written in 1866. On February 25, 1866, the Nevada... Read More

Victoria Maged – 1st High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Victoria Maged, 11th Grade, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Reno All for Our Country Many people like to say that Nevada is a small state with not a lot of activities for them to pursue. However, others stand strong with Nevada because “Home means Nevada to [us]” and it is “The loveliest place [we] know” as stated in the state song. The inhabitants of this state are proud to be able to live in a place filled with beautiful animals,... Read More

Spenser Close – 5th Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Spenser Close, 5th Grade, The Meadows School The motto became legal in February of 1866. The Nevada Legislature changed the motto on the seal to “All for Our Country” replacing the motto “Volens et Potens.” The motto means that Nevadans would give some of its allegiance to the United States. Many believe that without the Civil War that the territory would not have become a state. President Lincoln needed the support of Nevada, and so the push to make Nevada... Read More

Alex Frazier – 4th Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Alex Frazier, 5th Grade, The Meadows School All for Our Country Nevada’s old motto “Willing and Able” was officially replaced on February 24, 1866 by the new motto “All for Our Country.” The motto “All for Our Country” means that Nevada would give all its allegiance to the United States of America, which means we will give all our devotion to our country. Nevada became the thirty-sixth state to show support and loyalty to the Union and President Lincoln during... Read More

Mary Harris – 3rd Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Mary Harris, 4th Grade, McMillan Elementary School Did you know that our state motto is “All for Our Country” and it means “Willing and Able?” Well that means that Nevada is a free country. In 1864 Abraham Lincoln wanted to be re-elected president but he had competition and his name was General George McClellan. Lincoln was voted president. He also freed slaves. My plan to have a better community is that everyone follow the rules and get along with each... Read More

Talia Schonfeld – 2nd Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Talia Schonfeld, 5th Grade, The Meadows School Nevada earned the motto “All for Our Country” on February 24, 1866. On that date, the Nevada Legislature officially changed the Nevada State motto from “Volens et Potens” which meant “Willing and Able” to “All for Our Country”. The motto appears on the bottom of the Nevada State seal on a yellow banner surrounded by thirty-six stars which represent Nevada as the thirty-sixth state to join the Union. Although there is no historical... Read More

Samuel Goodman – 1st Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Samuel Goodman, 5th Grade, The Meadows School Nevada’s motto “All for Our Country” was adopted on February 24, 1866, replacing the motto “Volens et Potens”, which can be translated to “Willing and Able”. This motto reflects the patriotic vehemence of Nevadans throughout their history. This motto also portrays justice, dedication, and Nevada being a great state in a great country. It also reflects back on the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, two major parts of the United States history. This slogan,... Read More

Adrian Alberto – High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Adrian Alberto School: Advanced Technologies Academy Nevada Statehood Despite being rushed into statehood with minimal population, Nevada’s statehood  was both legal according to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and extremely beneficial to the goals of the Union during the Civil War. Controversy surrounds the lack of population required for statehood and rushed pursuit of statehood. However, neither of those completely detracted from the legality of Nevada’s statehood. Besides a loophole in the ordinance, Nevada provided both the resources needed... Read More

Charlotte Wall – High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Charlotte Wall School: Foothill High School The Veins That Nourished a Nation Among the several nicknames of Nevada, “The Battle Born State” has the historically strongest and noblest claim. But for the Civil War, Nevada would have waited far longer for statehood, and when it came, the event would have been far less important. Let us examine the political situation on Oct. 31, 1864, the date of Nevada’s admission to the Union. The President, Abraham Lincoln was not so... Read More

Felicia Manha – High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Felicia Manha School: Coral Academy of Science Nevada for Statehood Many people  have different views of why Nevada became a state. Most  believe  it became  a state because of its riches in gold and silver mining were needed to win the Civil War. This in fact is not the case of Nevad2’s statehood. Nevada was a very important territory to make a state. Considering the circumstances  at the time, Nevada’s statehood was vital. Most important to me is that... Read More

Jordan Chan – High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Jordan Chan School: Advanced Technologies Academy Battle Born, Blow Your Horn Imagine Halloween 149 years ago. Do images of small children running around collecting treats and little scares from neighbors and strangers alike come to mind? Do costumes and festivities and the colors orange and black and pumpkins and hayfields bear any resemblance to the sentiment of childhood? Now, would the idea of small children collecting only the memories they have of their slain parent or of fighting alongside... Read More

Parker Johnson – High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Parker Johnson School: Advanced Technologies Academy Acceptance and the Union: Nevada’s Entrance into Statehood When Nevada was admitted into the United States in1864, many doubts were raised over the legitimacy of its claim to statehood.  Although it did not meet many of the obligations listed under the Northwest  Ordinance of 1787, the Constitution  did not have any true requirements for statehood.  Additionally, although it was used, controversially, to help Abraham Lincoln in the presidential election, all of the requirements... Read More

Emily Willis – Middle School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Ocean Savage School: Homeschool Did Nevada change the nation? The most popular belief is that  Nevada saved the 1864 election for Lincoln and was important in ratifying the Xlllth Amendment. However, these have been proven to be myths. Though this would make it seem that  Nevada did not  change the nation, it still did. Hoover Dam and the xvth Amendment of the Constitution are proof  of this fact. Many often  believe  that  Nevada changed the  nation  by saving the... Read More

Ainsley Hickenbottom – Middle School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Ainsley Hickenbottom School: St.Teresa of Avila Catholic School The addition of Nevada as a state changed the nation in several important ways. First, the addition of Nevada to the nation played a deciding role in the Civil War. Nevada was originally created as a federal territory in 1861so that its wealth from silver discovered in the Comstock Lode could be used to finance the Union’s effort to defeat the South in the Civil War. Nevada became a state in... Read More

Jaeden Sant Singh – Middle School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Jaeden Sant Singh School: Homeschool Nevada is an amazing state.  It has had, and continues to have, a positive effect on our nation.  I have personally enjoyed the team sports that are offered and the state parks I can visit. More importantly is how Nevada has benefitted  others outside its borders through providing water and electricity, helping to abolish slavery, and contributing to the wealth of our country. In 1933, Congress decided to build the Hoover Dam in Nevada,... Read More

Jordan Nyitrai – Middle School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Jordan Nyitrai School: Southern Highlands Preparatory School On October 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state of the United States of America. Nevada is called the “battle-born state” because it became a state during the American Civil War. It is also called the “silver state” because in 1859, the first major discovery of silver was found in Nevada and made it very wealthy. Nevada becoming a state is important in U.S. history because it changed the nation by helping... Read More

Kale Aschoff – Middle School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Kale Aschoff School: Southern Highlands Preparatory School In my opinion, making Nevada a state not only played a large role in the development of our country in the 19thCentury, but also helped shape the way our nation looks now.  Lincoln made us a state for political reasons and even today Presidents continue to use Nevada for political reasons.  Our state’s “wild west” attitude and independent spirit led to the growth of gambling as a legitimate business and we continue... Read More

Alexis Humphrey – Elementary Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Alexis Humphrey School: St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School In my opinion, the most significant thing that Nevada has done since becoming a state in 1864 is the continuation of the mining industry.  Mining is what brought people here to this state.  As population grew, President Abraham Lincoln declared Nevada as a state on October 31, 1864. Not only does Nevada produce gold and silver, but it also produces lead, copper, zinc, mercury, tungsten and iron.  With all of... Read More

Josiah Sant Singh – Elementary Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Josiah Sant Singh School: Homeschool Nevada is the most interesting state I know.  I enjoy the heat and like that the state bird is the Mountain Bluebird.  My most favorite thing about Nevada is the Hoover Dam.  It has made a huge difference in the lives of many people. The Hoover Dam is 726 feet tall and 660 feet wide.  It traps water from the Colorado River and forms Lake Mead.  The most special things about the Hoover Dam... Read More

Kiera Hickenbottom – Elementary Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Kiera Hickenbottom School: St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School When people think of Nevada, people think of gambling.  The legalization of gambling is the most significant thing, in my opinion, that Nevada has done since becoming a state in 1864. Gambling was a big part of Nevada’s culture even before statehood.  In 1931, the Nevada Legislature made gambling legal because a lot of illegal gambling and corruption was occurring in the state.  Gambling is important to Nevada for several... Read More

Ocean Savage – Elementary Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Ocean Savage School: Hayden Elementary School Nevada’s Hover Dam The Hoover Dam was built between 1931and 1936. It was built during the Great Depression. The Hoover Dam was built in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the bolder between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. Two people designed the Hoover Dam. Their names are Henry J. Kaiser and Gordon Kaufman. Thousands of construction workers built the Hoover Dam out of concrete, and it cost 100 workers... Read More

Olivia Butcher- Elementary Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Name: Olivia Butcher School: Lake Mead Christian Academy The  Significance of Nevada The most significant thing that has happened in Nevada since 1864 was the completion  of Hoover (Boulder) Dam in 1936.   This was important for three reasons.   First, it brought jobs during a very difficult time.   Second, it provided water and electricity to Nevada, Arizona, and California.   Third, it helped the population  of these states to grow quickly. When the dam was built, the United States was in a... Read More