Aria Grossman, a MV 5th grader, won a top place award in the Real Women Essay Contest, for her essay about Temple Grandin . Maisy, also a 5th grader, won for her essay about Anne Frank.
Here are their essays. Congratulations to Aria and Maisy.
Temple Grandin by Aria Grossman
Temple Grandin is an amazing and inspirational person. She improves the lives of farm animals everyday, by designing safe and comfortable facilities for cows and by educating people on the importance of making sure the animals we depend on are happy. She does all this while embracing her autism.
When Temple was young, life was difficult. Like many autistic people, Temple thought in pictures. She saw specific images in her mind. Today, she’s grateful for this, but when she was young, her visual thinking made words strange and confusing, like a foreign language.
Because of her autism, Temple had super strong senses and ordinary sensations were torture for her. I can't imagine what that must have been like, to constantly feel pain. Temple hated when things were out of place. The only way she could communicate as a toddler was by throwing tantrums. Her own father wanted to send her to a mental institution. Temple was often bullied at school. Little did the other kids know, the girl they were making fun of would influence the world.
One summer, Temple visited her relatives’ ranch. She felt completely at peace with the animals. Her visual thinking and close attention to detail helped her understand them. She was able to prevent animals from getting scared. She engineered things for the ranch such as a gate that could open and close if you pulled a rope. She was doing something amazing - using her disability as a talent. As Temple spent more time with animals, she realized something. She wanted to study animals.
People told her it was impossible. Not many people worked with farm animals, especially not autistic girls. Temple realized that if she wanted a chance of pursuing her unique dream, she had to study harder. She graduated second in her class.
When Temple went to the stockyard, she was discriminated against not because she had autism, but because she was a girl. People threw tomatoes at her car. At first, she wasn’t even allowed in. But Temple was brave and confident. She followed her dreams. She proved she was as good as any man.
Temple continued to help animals. She got more and more experienced and respected. She visited farms across the country. She designed systems for cows used worldwide. Today, Temple visits meetings to discuss autism and why being humane to animals is necessary.
Temple Grandin inspires me in many ways. I care about animals and it comforts me to know there is someone who acts as a voice for them. It’s really amazing how the person who has made such a difference has autism. “Different thinking is where progress, and invention, and discoveries lie.” Temple says. My brother Colin is autistic. He’s different, but people like Colin and Temple show the world that different means special. Colin has taught me many things, like patience and kindness. Temple teaches me to embrace my differences. She shows us that through challenges, if you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
Temple Grandin, shown below.
Anne Frank by Maisy Seckler
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”-Anne Frank
Anne Frank, my true inspiration, hero and “real woman” has taught not only me but generations through the years to stay true to themselves and never give up. Anne has shown that through tough times you can pull through and make the best of the worst. She suffered through one of the world's most infamous tragedies, the Holocaust. However her inner strength kept her strong.
Anne not only stood strong but taught me to be optimistic. When the Nazis came to Germany, Anne and her family had to move to the Netherlands for safety. During this time she had to make all new friends, but Anne being the the real fighter she was didn't mind She just went with the flow. Unfortunately, the cruel Nazis were taking over. This caused the Frank household and other residents to go into hiding together. Anne was forced to be quiet all day and keep her enthusiastic attitude inside her. Anne was a fun, bubbly, goofy teenager so to keep all this inside her must have been excruciating.
Anne is a strong woman and there's no doubt about it. She is one of the most famous Jewish Holocaust victims. Her diary has given people a little image of her pain and agony, but no one will ever in a lifetime feel or envision the discomfort that these victims went through. When Anne was sent to Auschwitz, she was separated from her father, Otto Frank. Then in January 1945 Edith Frank, Anne's mother, died of starvation. Even though those were tough times for Anne, she stood strong and kept going.
Anne fulfilling the part of a strong woman has inspired me to become one as well. I live with my two parents my dog and my two older brothers. It just so happens that one of my older brothers was diagnosed with a disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, at the age of four. This created a situation where Charley, my brother, had to be strong. However not only did he have to be strong and push through the difficult times but so did the rest of my family. We have to deal with rude comments, discrimination and lots of other rude or unacceptable behaviors. This has created even more of a connection for me to Anne.
The stories and quotes that I've heard from Anne have inspired me to get through tough times. Anne Frank will forever be in my heart. Anne Frank is my true inspiration, hero and “real woman”.