Lane LeRoy PRMS 5th Grader
I am proud to live in Kansas because 34 is my football number and 34 is also the number Kansas came into statehood.  The 34th President of the United States also was from Kansas, his name is Dwight D. Eisenhower, he happens to have grown up in Abilene, Kansas, which is near Ft. Riley, Kansas.  Ft. Riley is the home to the Big Red ONE, who are also called the Fighting First.  General George Custer spent time in Ft. Riley, this is where the 7th Cavalry originated in 1866; they were later wiped out in the Battle of Little Big Horn.  Kansas has the windiest towns in America; one of those towns is Dodge City, Kansas.  Dodge City is also known famously as the “cowboy capital” and famous cowboys such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson at one time or another called Dodge City their homes.  At one time it was against the law in our state to serve ice cream over cherry pie, our new Governor Brownback has appointed someone to look into laws such as this and get rid of them from our state books.  One of the first African American women to win an Academy Award was fellow Kansan Hattie McDaniel.  She was in my mom’s favorite movie “Gone with the Wind”. In 1990 Kansas farmers alone produced enough wheat to make 35.9 billion loaves of bread; this is one of the many things farmers can grow well in Kansas.  The town of Hutchinson, Kansas is nicknamed “Salt City” as it was founded and built over one of the richest salt deposits in the world.  Hutchinson still processes, mines and ships salt all over the world today.  And the best reason being from Kansas is great is because Pizza Hut opened its very first store in Wichita, Kansas and today the are a world famous pizza restaurant.  Can we order some pizza now?