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Diocesan Oration competitors

posed a presidential question

(L to R) Fernando Gallegos, third place; Rachel Doll, first place; and Shania Liggett, second place.

The annual Diocesan Oration Competition was held at St. Joseph Parish Center April 24.  Those competing were:  Aric Rowland, 5th grade, St. Mary School, Garden City; Fernando Gallegos, 8th grade,  Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Dodge City; Rebecca Doll, 5th grade, St. Dominic School, Garden City; Blake Stanley, 5th grade, Holy Family School, Great Bend; Ciara Hodgkinson, 5th grade, Sacred Heart School, Pratt; Shania Liggett, 8th grade, Sacred Heart School, Ness City; and Rachel Doll, 7th grade, St. Joseph School, Ellinwood.
This year’s them was “If I were president....”  The winners of this year’s contest were:  3rd place - Fernando Gallegos; 2nd place - Shania Liggett; 1st place - Rachel Doll.

‘If I were president...’
By Rachel Doll
7th Grade
St. Joseph School, Ellinwood

Roses are red, violets are blue, if I were president, what would I do? Roses are red, Violets are blue, if I were president, I’d make a historic health breakthrough!
A kid as president may cause worry for some, however, if it were my occupation, I’d confidently serve as an advocate for wellness education, youth fitness, and health in America. It would be my top priority to make a significant difference for the citizens of tomorrow, our young people. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

I enjoy watching the reality television show, The Biggest Loser.  Each week the overweight contestants are taught how to make wholesome food choices, and properly work-out.  They are encouraged by some of the best trainers in America to lose weight and transform their bodies and minds.  At the end of their journey, it’s amazing what they’ve learned. This show has inspired me to live better, and if I were president, I’d want to help others learn to live healthier, happier lives.
Over the years, our schools have offered and continue to provide classes teaching kids about health, and physical education. Although generally effective, these standard classes seem to lack examples of current situations and everyday health decisions.  With little exposure to scientific explanation on food and health, children do not understand what is and isn’t good to eat, and aren’t educated on how much exercise they need. Research shows that most eating and exercise habits are established during childhood. As president, I would power boost our physical education and wellness classes by placing a new program in all schools called “Live and Learn”.   Kids are sponges, this new curriculum, started at an early age would mold young minds into understanding calorie intake, food preparation, sugar danger, good versus bad fat, and the balancing of carbohydrates and protein.    In addition to appropriate food choices, exercise is a vital part of living a happy and healthy lifestyle, and should be encouraged among kids. Overweight and unhealthy youth, will lead to obese and unhealthy adults.   The important standards students would learn through this program would take them to a higher level of knowledge, understanding, and performance.
My school lunch is probably one of the best tasting, and one of the more healthy lunches you’ll find. Other schools in the U.S probably don’t serve as good of food as our cooks dish up. Subway is one of my very favorite restaurants because it’s a nice change from hamburgers and French fries. As president, I’d allow a Subway in every school cafeteria. Personally, I wouldn’t give up my delicious school lunch; however, it would be a fresh and tasty option for students across the country.  
The children of America would get my full attention as President of the United States. I’d love to see all kids try a new sport, get active outside, or change a bad health habit. I believe that I would need to set an example for our youth that could roll forward to future generations.
After a hard days work as President, I would stroll through the garden and then stop and smell the roses. The Oval Office awaits me, equipped with a treadmill, elliptical machine and a basketball goal. Because as President, if I’m going to talk the talk, then I need to walk the walk.  


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