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New Moon essay winners

By Delaney Vavra, 11, of Hermantown My inner beauty starts with how I can adjust to different things in my life. I was born in Minnesota and moved to Georgia and Missouri, and then back to Minnesota. I've had to make new friends every time I've m...

By Delaney Vavra, 11, of Hermantown

My inner beauty starts with how I can adjust to different things in my life. I was born in Minnesota and moved to Georgia and Missouri, and then back to Minnesota. I've had to make new friends every time I've moved. Luckily, one of my special qualities is my ability to make new friends -- which sure comes in handy! In fact, we just had a new student move here from Tennessee. We're good friends because we both know how it feels to move a lot.

I'm silly because I love to goof around, and I'm funny because I love to make people laugh. I'm also creative because I love to draw, paint and color. A person is beautiful because of all her different qualities. I think it's important that girls recognize their inner beauty because then they will be able to recognize their talents and be proud of themselves.

I like to play soccer and basketball, and I'm in Girl Scouts. I also like to help other kids. I try to help my friends recognize what they're good at by complimenting them on their talents.

To me, beauty means being kind, helping out and being reliable and honest. I think the world would be a better place if people didn't judge others without getting to know them first. I'm sure that there's a lot more to inner beauty, but this is what I think is most important about me.

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By Mariah Berner, 11, of Duluth

What makes a person beautiful is being who she is; beauty is who you are inside and out. I'm special because my mom adopted me from China when I was 15 months old. I am so lucky to have been adopted by my mom; she's now one of my role models!

When I first arrived in the U.S., everything was great! But then, something bad happened; I was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 2.

The doctors said that if I had stayed in China, I would have only lived to the age of 4. But now I am 11, and I plan to live much longer. Because I had bone cancer, the doctors had to amputate my lower left leg. At the age of 3, they gave me a prosthesis to wear. My prosthesis doesn't stop me from doing whatever I want to do -- but it tries! Because of all the challenges I've faced, I've become courageous and have grown stronger. I've also become a role model because of my leg. I can show everyone that I can do anything once I put my mind to it!

I play a lot of sports and participate in a lot of activities, like softball, skiing, Girl Scouts, music, yearbook and intramurals. I started to play the viola when I was in third grade and the piano when I was in fourth grade. I still enjoy playing them for fun. Some people take life for granted and don't remember that each day of life is a gift, but it is. I'm happy to be alive every day.

Well, that's me and I'm proud of it. Whether you know it or not, you're special in your own way, too -- you just have to find it.

By Lauren Schmidt, 9, of Duluth

I think I'm beautiful because I don't care about what people say about me.

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Girls are pretty no matter what because beauty is not always about belly-shirts or being perfect. I love how I look and how I dress, whether I'm having a cup of tea in my pajamas or I'm all dressed up for church.

I think I'm special because of my creativity. I love to draw what I see and think about. I usually draw a portrait of myself or my dog. I am proud of my drawings, and like to show them to other people.

I'm special because I love and care about everyone in my family. I always think of them when I'm having a hard time because I know they can cheer me up.

Even though my brother and I bother each other a lot, we still love each other. I guess teasing each other is our way of saying, "I love you."

I'm generous, caring and loving. When you're hurt or sad I'll help you. I can tell when people are sad, so I try to cheer them up by being funny. I usually cheer my friends up when they're hurt or sad by standing up for them and telling them a joke or two.

I help my neighbor by playing with her 2-year-old little boy so she can take care of her new baby. I love to help people when they are sick or hurt and need a hand. When my friend broke her arm last week, I knitted her a felt purse and filled it with treats to make her feel better. I think I'm special because I know how to knit and sew. Last spring I made my first quilt!

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