Writing contest winner announced!
The attorneys at Moses & Rooth, Attorneys at Law congratulate Bridget Sullivan as the winner of our 2015 writing contest. Bridget is a Senior at East River High School in Orlando and plans to attend college in August. Her essay is titled, “The Magic of Disney”.
Bridget has agreed to share her winning essay on our website, and we encourage all to read it. She will be taking her brother with her to Disney World.
The Magic of Disney
Growing up in Orlando, I frequently hear both tourists and locals refer to “the magic of Disney”. I used to think that this saying was a bit of an overstatement- after all, could ideas from a theme park and animation studio really have “magic” effects on people? Now, I realize that the answer to this question is a resounding “yes”. Looking back, I can finally see the positive influence Disney films and their messages had on my life.
As a young child, I was enchanted by Disney films. From “The Little Mermaid” to “Winnie the Pooh”, the endearing characters and compelling storylines left me hanging on to every word- or in the case of many musical films- song. In these cinematic marvels, I saw stories brought to life… entire worlds created with the stroke of a paintbrush or pen. It was certainly no coincidence that I soon began writing and drawing at every opportunity. I doodled on papers, where I drew my favorite Disney characters (and even a few of my own invention). I wrote enough short stories and poems to fill dozens of notebooks, which seemed to always be in short supply. As a teenager, I digitally re-created my sketches and drawings, and even began to win a few graphic design contests. Disney had become more than films and characters- it became the spark needed to ignite my creative spirit!
Of course, Disney films served as creative and artistic inspiration. However, in many ways, the movies taught valuable lessons in virtue. Mulan reinforced the idea of overcoming adversity with courage and hope, as Mulan selflessly fought to protect her family and country. The Princess and the Frog reminded me that hard work is the key to success, as the protagonist Tiana worked several jobs to make her dream of opening a restaurant come true. Pinocchio warned just how dangerous a white lie could be. Although I might not have understood it at the time, the family-friendly Disney films served as subtle (or not so subtle) moral reminders for their audiences.
As a bona-fide Disney aficionado, I have researched the life of Walt Disney, the “Man behind the Mouse”. As luck would have it, I discovered that Disney and I share the same birthday! Although Walt Disney sadly passed almost thirty years before I was born, he continues to be an inspiration for me and other aspiring artists, writers, designers, and dreamers. In some ways, Walt Disney was an ordinary man… it was his visionary ideas and creative spirit, however, that made him an extraordinary man.
“The magic of Disney” is certainly alive and well. With the inspiration I have garnered from both Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney himself, I hope to grow as a writer and artist, while relentlessly pursuing my career goals- and most importantly- making the right decisions and helping my dreams become reality. As Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
By Bridget Sullivan
2015 Moses & Rooth Writing Contest
As an Orlando firm, we live near some of the nation’s top attractions for families including the Walt Disney World amusement complex. This tourist hot spot, in addition to the many others, gives Orlando a unique vibe for tourists and for those of us who call the place home.
Walt Disney once stated:
“I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency. Preaching won’t keep youngsters out of trouble, but keeping their minds occupied will.”
This year’s writing contest will be in his memory, whose birthday was celebrated December 5th. We would like to hear from high school students throughout Florida about how Disney has helped them stay out of trouble by helping them building strong moral character.
- Let us know who you are by filling out the form below.
- Attach an original 300-600 short essay on the following topic: How has Disney been a positive influence on your life?
- Essays must be submitted, in full, by January 31, 2016. Late submissions will not be considered.
- MUST be a Florida high school student.
- MUST be a legal U.S. resident.
The writer of the winning essay will be awarded 2 complimentary Tickets with the Park Hopper Option ($330 value) to Disney’s theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
*For Florida resident tickets, all adults will need to show proof of Florida residency at park entrance. All tickets and options are nontransferable and nonrefundable and exclude activities/events separately priced.
We look forward to your participation and good luck!
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Fun Fact: Karen Williams, 7-year-old daughter of Pat Williams, once said about Orlando, “I really like this place. This place is like magic.” This quote is what led the committee of Orlando’s professional basketball team to call the sports team, the “Orlando Magic”.
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