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“Thank You, Dad” (A Father’s Day Poem)

Thank You, Dad
By Jordan Bates

Dad, I don’t know how to start to thank you or where this poem will end.
I just want to tell you how special you are to me. My hero and my friend.

I remember as a child when you would read to me at night.
You taught me to always count my blessings and to always be polite. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Pursuit of Perfection

This is an essay I wrote last year about my State Golf Tournament experience with a team I’ll never forget.

The Pursuit of Perfection
By Jordan Bates

An Iowa State Golf tournament is a remarkably overwhelming stage. The nerves and pressure that come with competition seem to be amplified tenfold in this exclusive arena. A surplus of ingredients combines to generate an atmosphere of the utmost intensity. When I stepped up to the first tee, the announcer bellowed, “Jordan Bates! Spencer!” As I grabbed my driver and paced to the designated teeing ground, I tried to look and feel composed, despite the noticeable trembling of my hands. As I gazed at the fairway stretched in front of me, I attempted to envision the ideal shot. When I began to take the club back, it felt as though it were made of cast iron. I managed to muster enough power to complete the swing and hit the ball. I heaved a sigh of relief and began my march down the fairway, already wondering what the day would bring and how my other teammates were faring. Read the rest of this entry »

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