Trijal Tagadur – Winner, Best Essay

My name is Trijal Tagadur. I am a 7th grader at Piney Grove Middle School in the city of Cumming, GA. My favorite hobby is reading books such as novels and informational books. I often pore into books related to leadership, history, and science. I love writing because of the thoughtfulness and uniqueness behind literature. I also enjoy coding, practicing my guitar, and playing on my PS4. I love playing for my local soccer club, UFA. I have participated in writing competitions such as Young Georgia Authors and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). For Young Georgia Authors, I won at my grade level for four years in a row and once was awarded honorable mention at the State level. At the district level, I came second in the VFW competition. I have participated in math competitions like AMC8, MathLeague, and Perennial Math. I also took part in Battle of the Books, Vex Robotics, chess, and oratorical competitions. I have a second degree black belt in Taekwando. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this meaningful competition. Researching on topics related to this ignited a desire to learn more about the origins of our nation. This has made me continue to have a significant fondness for American history. I can’t wait to see what other adventures await me, which I will certainly look forward to.

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Our Interview With Trijal

Was this the first time you entered the contest?
Yes, this was my first time entering this contest.

How did you hear about the contest?
My Social Studies teacher had posted information about this contest on our class page. As I looked through the information that was provided, I was very intrigued by this competition and decided to enter.

What inspired your work?
The story of our amazing and unique nation inspired me to write this essay in the way that I have done so. I always found it incredible that the people living in the colonies would find the strength and willingness to rise against a world power to protect their deserved rights.

What did you learn while creating your entry?
I learned several absorbing and fascinating facts about the origins of our country. It was fun to look into the beginnings of our great country in detail.

How do you plan to spread the word this year to your peers about the importance of the U.S Constitution?
I believe that if I self-educate myself on the importance of the Constitution, it will greatly impact my peers. This way I may pass on the knowledge that our Constitution withholds.

How do your friends respond to history or talking about the Constitution?
My classmates enjoy learning and comprehending American history. Back in 4th grade, we loved learning about the beginnings of our country, including the founding fathers, the Constitution, and the American Revolution. Even now, my peers enjoy learning about history in general.

What do you love about U.S. History and the forming of our government?
I love dissecting the fundamental guiding philosophies and ethical principles underlying our Founding Fathers’ central outlooks on how to run this country as a democracy and republic, aligning the dogma of Enlightenment thinkers with radically innovative ideas at the time of civil liberties, religious protections, and legal representation for all.

Which U.S. historical site would you like to visit?
There are several historical sites that I would like to visit. These include the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Independence Hall, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are tributes to two of the most significant people in US history. Independence hall and Gettysburg represent two esteemed events in the span of the history of America.

Which American historical figure is most influential/inspirational to you?
I think both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the two most influential American historical figures for me. They had incredible leadership during certain tough times that held our country together.

Who is your greatest role model?
My greatest role models are my parents because I look up to them most of all. All the ethics and values that I hold dear are based on the two of them. They have taught me certain life lessons that I hope to utilize later in life.

What in your life are you most passionate about?
This is a tough one since I’m passionate about several things. These include soccer, writing, and nature.

How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time reading books, playing soccer, and spending time with my beloved family.

What are your plans for the future?
In the future, I aim to study well through the rest of my school years before I head to college. I seek to get into a significant university and study there for around 3-7 years. I am still debating on what career path to choose, but I know whichever path that I select, I shall give my utmost effort for it.

If you could do one super impactful thing to help people, what would it be?
I believe that I would attend to the necessities that people all around the globe lack access to. We are all part of the word “humanity” and doing the aforementioned would lift all of humanity higher. In addition, this would content my willingness to be able to give back to society.

Why is the Constitution relevant today?
The Constitution is as relevant today as it was two hundred years ago. It still protects US citizens’ rights and freedoms today. US citizens are still able to enjoy and cherish the freedoms that are written boldly in the Constitution.

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