Scholarship Essay by Cassidy From Pine Creek High School

April 19, 2019

This essay, by Cassidy from Pine Creek High School, is one of the top five finalists for our scholarship. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section below this post!


Cassidy Essay Finalist PhotoParis, France – Nope.  Los Angeles, California – Nope.  Seattle, Washington – Nope.  Orlando, Florida – Nope.  Cozumel, Mexico – Nope.  Falmouth, Jamaica – Nope.  Disney Castaway Cay – Bahamas – Nope.  New York, New York – Nope. Alexandria, Virginia – Nope.  All amazing places that I’ve been lucky enough to visit, but I call Colorado Springs, Colorado my home.  I applied to, and was accepted to five different universities, all with vastly different climates, population densities, cultures and heritage, and only one came close to Colorado Springs – Boise, Idaho and Boise State University.  Yep, I get to stay a Bronco fan…

I turned eighteen (18) on November 6th (yes, I got to vote for the first time), I am a senior at Pine Creek High School and have lived in Colorado Springs since I turned six years old. Prior to Colorado Springs I lived in Westcliffe Colorado.

Cassidy Essay Finalist Picture 2I really love living in Colorado Springs. I enjoy the beautiful nature with many hiking possibilities like at the Air Force Academy or Fox Run Park.  Cheering in High School allowed me to be somewhat of a school and city ambassador by trying to represent the best of the community and my school.  The picture above was taken at the Denver Broncos stadium in the fall of 2017, when Pine Creek football last played for a State Championship.  And our school Mascot “Stevie the Eagle” that’s my younger sister, a sophomore at PCHS.  While only for a day, we brought our part of Colorado Springs to Denver and gave it our best effort.  Colorado Springs is such a pretty city with the beautiful mountains, Black Forest, pine trees, colorful flowers, beautiful fall colors, and bright blue sky’s 300 days a year.  I love the weather, Winter-Spring-Summer and Fall offer the best of all seasons (particularly snow days and no school), and my favorite the warm summer nights.  I’m so grateful to live in a city that is clean and rooted in faith, family and friends.

A fun short drive from north to south or east to west, we get the pleasure of seeing Pikes Peak, the United State Olympic Training Center, Manitou Springs and my favorite coffee – Dutch Bros, the best coffee shop in the world. Colorado Springs is so lucky to have multiple Dutch bros locations, unlike Denver, Pueblo, Castle Rock, and other cities that have at most one shop in town. Colorado Springs is all a very quiet city, which is what I love most about it. Little to no crime, traffic isn’t horrible like Los Angeles, and no one stays out super late or leaves super early in the morning.

Cassidy Essay Finalist 3When family or friends come to visit, I always want them to see the best the city has to offer, starting with the people that call Colorado Springs home.  The people make this city with smiles and friendly surroundings, from military Generals to enlisted ranks, warm and friendly restaurants that leave me wanting more…  Cheyanne Mountain Zoo brings up close animals from around the world and we are known for the Giraffe exhibit that allows visitors a chance to get up close and personal.  A can’t miss is Garden of the Gods lifts rock and cliff formations in splendorous colors. And one of my favorite places to walk with my dogs – Siberian Husky’s.

I am proud of this city and in my short eighteen years I have been lucky to see a few places, and nothing compares to my home town Colorado Springs.

Over the next four years I will experience a new city in Boise, Idaho, I’ll be home from time to time and likely over the summers – Boise is similar in her surrounds, weather and from what I’ve seen her people too.

Come, visit the best place to live – Colorado Springs, Colorado

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43 thoughts on “Scholarship Essay by Cassidy From Pine Creek High School

  1. Anne Foss says:

    I love Colorado Springs too! Love all of the close hiking,G Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, good schools, lots of churches, low traffic, gorgeous blue sky, and much more!

  2. Jen says:

    Colorado Springs is a amazing place. Great essay!

    1. Sue says:

      Loved your essay!

  3. Kim says:

    Great essay Cassidy!

  4. Dan Butterly says:

    Colorado Springs will miss you, Cassidy, but Boise State University is an excellent choice for your education. Go Broncos, and great essay!

  5. Glen May says:

    Great job Cassidy ! Keep sharing your beautiful gifts and tallents.

  6. Jody says:

    Nice essay! I love Colorado and am a Broncos fan too!

  7. Sheila Revere says:

    Great essay, makes me want to bisit Colorado Springs.

  8. Tricia says:

    I love Colorado Springs too. We lived there for 8 years! Miss the gorgeousness of all the beauty there.

  9. Nancy Ruiz says:

    My family just moved from Colorado Springs last summer and reading your essay was bringing back memories and more reasons to come back and visit family and friends. Great job Cassidy and best of luck to you at Boise!

  10. Cheryl says:

    I love your sense of adventure!

  11. Kelly Koonce says:

    I didn’t grow up here, but it is home to me
    Now after 15 years.

  12. Jodi Daft says:

    Cassidy is an amazing young lady..well deserving of everything life has to offer her. You will be amazing.

  13. Suzi Doyle says:

    Your essay makes me want to come visit Colorado Springs. It sounds amazing.

  14. Laurie Rodriguez says:

    I live in California and haven’t been to Colorado Springs since I was a kid. I do remember that it was beautiful with a small town feel. Cassidy’s essay was a great description of a place that sounds wonderful to live in or visit.

  15. Hayley Maloney says:

    I Vote Cassidy!!!!

  16. Cheryl Leising says:

    Wow! You make me want to climb into a plane to visit! We’ve never been to Colorado Springs, but almost! Denver and Breckenridge were lovely! And our daughter discovered Dutch Bros. in AZ, so that’s another reason to visit!

  17. Tricia Wood says:

    Beautiful article! These thoughts capture the beauty of our state and the multitude of what it has to offer! I’m sure Boise will be incredible too, but there truly is no place like Colorado Springs! One thing is certain, Colorado Springs will miss a very big fan, Cassidy!

  18. Vincent Everly says:

    You hit the nail on the head 😃
    Great job!!

  19. Amy Griffin says:

    Best wishes in Boise!

  20. Shannon Schoville says:

    What a lovely essay. And I agree, Colorado Springs is a beautiful place.

  21. Aaron says:

    Great essay!! I have to agree with you. I have lived and traveled all over the world, Colorado Springs is an amazing place to live!

  22. Flora says:

    Love this! Great job Cassidy!

  23. kristin medina says:

    There’s no place like home but it’s great to experience other places, too! Have a blast at Boise State! Great job!

  24. Trish says:

    Nothing compares to Colorado Springs’ beautiful blue sky. Bright and beautiful, just like you! I love all the hiking trails as well. Great essay Cassidy. You absolutely do represent the best thing about our community and city.”oh the places you will go”.

  25. Nohemy Montes says:

    Great essay!!

  26. Judy McCarthy says:

    Wonderful job on your essay Cassidy. Good luck on being chosen number one!

  27. Tanya Weisgram says:

    So EXCITED for you and your New Journey ahead! Grateful to have met you and your family – I 2nd everything you said about our beautiful state of COLORADO💙❤💚 and who can survive without Dutch Bros😉. Good Luck

  28. Kirstin Aldrich says:

    Cassidy, you’ve painted a beautiful picture of our beautiful city!

  29. Angela says:

    I hope my kids someday love their city as much as you!

  30. Shelley Crook says:

    Great job Cassidy! Love where we live!

  31. Mary Hertzog says:

    Really enjoyed the essay

  32. Michelle Knutson says:

    Great Essay, you reminded me of all the things we are luck to have in Colorado Springs.

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  34. Christy says:

    Simply Amazing!! Good luck being#1

  35. Jennifer Conard says:

    Your essay makes me want to plan my next vacation in Colorado. Good luck in college. You have a bright future ahead.

  36. Lindsey Cutter says:

    Great tribute to an awesome city-we will miss you but know great endeavors are on your horizon!

  37. Denise Smith says:

    Great essay! Good luck in your educational endeavors!

  38. Paula Glass says:


    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on Colorado Springs. It is a beautuful place to call home!

    I’m going to miss you when you head out to Boise but I know that God has GREAT things in side for you!

    God Bless you!

  39. Dena says:

    I would love to visit Colorado even more noe reading your essay. I beleive youll like boise idaho toio

  40. Mark Maloney says:

    I would like to vote for Cassidy

  41. Mark Maloney says:

    Such a lovely essay Cassidy. Good luck in college!!

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