Student Essays of Place
Young Montanans Reflect on the Personal
Meaning of Place
BIGFORK HIGH SCHOOL
Teacher: Mary Sullivan
Ashley Ascione - Flathead County Fairgrounds
A realization of how one place and
the events that occur there connect a community and allow its members something to look
forward to as well as a chance to remember the past.
Bill Brandewie - My Feet
A fifth generation resident
of the Swan River Valley explains the significance of his grandfather's land and the
traditions tied to it.
Sam Glover - The Land
The author shares events that made
this place special and memorable for her.
- The Cliffs
A place that recalls memories of family
time and buried courage.
Paul Sullivan - Forts Under Construction
The author describes a place where
children play and grow, where they emulate, and eventually begin to become, adults.
CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL teacher Renee Rasmussen
Todd Alisch - Morning Decoys
The author provides us with a picture of his
meaningful activity which has the power to both calm and excite.
Kendra Matkin - Pugsley Home Bottom
The author takes a close look at the place she has
grown up and shows why it deserves to be called home.
Megan Mattson - Where I Learned What It Meant
One girl discovers how one of her favorite places to play as a child is
more than just a playground; it is central to her family's past as well as their future.
Katie Swank - The Flood
The discovery of the power of a place that was always
Kali Wicks - My Own Monster
As the author grows she begins to realize the
place she has always known has meaning not only for her; it has a much larger
LIBBY HIGH SCHOOL teacher Rose Goyen
Mitch James - The Rock
A description of one person's quiet sanctuary.
Kara Kendall - The Camping Spot
A daughter remembers the first time her father shared with
her his special place.
Andy Morain - The Pond
The author explains the impact of one
close-to-home place through the seasons and the years.
Ashlee Reed - Nature's Way
An exploration of the Kootenai River's power and beauty,
its ability both to comfort and to teach.
SIMMS HIGH SCHOOL teacher Dorothea Susag
Tara Clark - Hallway of Memories
A student ponders the changes one
place has witnessed over time.
Scott Warnick - Marias River Massacre Site
Reflections on the
emotional, human reactions that could have occurred in this historical place.
ST. IGNATIUS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Angela Hawkaluk- The Forty
A description of the important
role one section of land plays in the lives of the members of one particular
Rebecca Umphrey- The Stump Ranch
The author recounts the significance of one
family's special place and the traditions that surround it.
Samantha Wodsworth -
The Adventure of Wondering
Reminiscences about childhood,
experimentation, and imagination
ST.IGNATIUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL teacher
Ben Lipscomb - Lucifer Lake
Levi Morgeau - Ferry Basin
Amanda Rice - The Old Cottonwood Tree
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