Student performs in State Essay Contest


Hoboken Student Meryl Kurland makes parents proud!

Hoboken resident Richard Kurland and his wife wanted to let everyone know about their 12 year-old daughter Meryl and her placement in the top three best essays in the State of New Jersey!

The New Jersey Parents Foundation held a statewide essay writing contest recently called “What My Parents Mean To Me,” where students were encouraged to express their views on the outstanding dedication and sacrifice of their parents. Out of over 120 participants from throughout NJ, Meryl placed 2nd in the 10 to 14 year group.

Congrats to Meryl and her family on her success! You can read her essay below!

What my parents mean to me

by Meryl Kurland

“A lot of times we take having great parents for granted. My parents make me happy, offer their help, and show that they love me. My mom and dad mean a lot to me and I wouldn’t know what to do without them.

My parents always go out of their way to make me happy. A lot of mornings I am very tired and don’t want to get up. My mom takes the risk of being late to work to give me 10 extra minutes of sleep. Also every day after school all of my friends go to the park especially on beautiful days. My dad gives up part of his day to sit at the park for hours and watch us play. One day on my birthday we happened to be in Time Square. Then for some reason my parents started to sing “Happy Birthday.” They got about 5 more strangers to join in. I was embarrassed at the time, but now I look back and smile.

When I need help my parents are always there. Once when I was younger I could not catch a fly ball. I was determined to get it right and would not leave the field until I did. So my dad stood and threw me fly ball after fly ball until I caught one. I went home that day happy because my father had given me his time to help me reach my goal. Another time my dad gave his time to me was in our vestibule. We walked in one day and saw a new sign on our door. It said, “Ring unit bell on mail box.” Because I was about 6, reading the sign was not as simple as counting to three. So my dad stayed with me and helped me figure out each word until I could read the whole sentence by heart.

At the beginning of fifth grade another girl and I were having a big fight. Almost every day we would hurt each other’s feelings and then gossip about it to our friends. When my mom got home I would tell her the day’s events and she would listen. She would listen when I trash talked my enemy. She would listen when I cried. And when I was done we would talk. Not about our fight, but about school and the rest of my day. I think me being able to let out my thoughts to someone I trusted helped to end our fight. Now in sixth grade my “sworn” enemy and I are close friends.

I know that my parents love me because they show it. I am not a morning person so I take my time getting dressed and getting upstairs. When I finally arrive upstairs breakfast is all set up. So all I have to do is sit down and eat. Something that my dad does is providing our drawers with clean clothes. A lot of families have their kids wash and fold their own clothes, but when I go to pick an outfit I see all of my clothes neatly folded and in their proper places. A yummy way that my mom shows she loves me is by making me gourmet lunches. My lunch bag has each food item individually packed. She also gets up early to make my lunches as best as they can be.

There are so many more reasons that I love my parents. Through thick and through thin I know that I can always count on them. I love my parents a lot and wouldn’t know what to do without them.”

Meryl Kurland, Age 12

Note: Out of the six winners in the two age groups – Meryl was the only student from Hoboken. The other five were from Jersey City.

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Mrs. L
Mrs. L
6 years 1 month ago

Hooray for Meryl! Good job!