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Basketball player: I want to be a basketball player when I grow up. Basketball is my favorite sport. I like my coach so much. He is so good at basketball. We practice a lot. I hope to play on TV someday.

Marissa Dugan

Grade 2, Benjamin

Like mom: When I grow up I want to be like my mom. She is a kind person. She always cares for people, and she is loving. That is who I want to be.

Ellee Hatcher

Grade 3, Benjamin

Soccer star: When I am big, I want to become a soccer player to play on the team Real Madrid. I love soccer because it is really fun. My favorite soccer player is Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Anthony Samayoa

Grade 3, Cedar Ridge

Pastry chef: When I grow up I want to be a chef. I want to own a five-star restaurant. My desserts are pastries. I want my food to be yummy.

Elizabeth Zehr

Grade 2, Epiphany

Vroom!: When I grow up I want to be a race car driver. Vroom! I would like to go fast on a racetrack. Racing is the best.

Paul Koetters

Grade 3, Epiphany

Travel and play: When I grow up I want to go to Chicago. When I get there I can play Pokemon Go. I can stay at a hotel. I can swim in a pool at the hotel. I will be happy when I grow up.

Carter Neal

Grade 2, Fairview

Fight fires: When I grow up I want to be a fireman. I can fight fires. I will use a big hose. I will help others if they are trapped in a fire. I will chop the door down. I will drive a fire truck.

Caleb Emmert

Grade 4, Fox Creek

Star on TV: I want to be a famous movie star on TV. I am going to be so awesome all the people will be watching me on TV.

Liza Ivanova

Grade 2, Glenn

Smarter kids: When I grow up I want to be a teacher because it will make the kids smarter. It will be fun to teach.

Shrinath Hariharan

Grade 1, Grove

Busy teaching: I want to be a teacher when I grow up. I want to teach second grade. I will give my kids snacks. They will have homework. We will play games. We will have reading time. I hope it will be fun to be a teacher.

Zoe Mikel

Grade 2, Grove

Professional shortstop: When I grow up I would like to be a baseball player for the Cubs. I would get paid a lot. My dad played it when he was in college. I play shortstop, and that is what I would like to play for the Cubs. 

Lucas Beaty

Grade 3, Grove

Father's footsteps: I want to be a policeman when I grow up. I want to be a policeman because my dad is one. I would arrest bad guys and help people by taking them home if they are lost. If I was a policeman, I would save the world.

Asher Loudenburg

Grade 2, Heyworth

Helping people: When I grow up I want to be a teacher because I want to help people learn new things. I also want to meet new people. I also want to encourage people into doing stuff. I also want to be an artist because my dad's an artist.

Adeline Cimoch

Grade 2, Hoose

Brilliant scientist: When I grow up I am going to be a brilliant scientist. I want to work at NASA. Because I want to be a scientist I also do science experiments at home. 

Anish Paramkusam

Grade 3, Hoose

Dirt bike pro: When I grow up I will be a pro dirt bike racer. My family will ride dirt bikes because I will buy them for them. I want to live in the country because I would have more room to ride my dirt bike.

Kole Petta

Grade 2, Jefferson Park

Abstract art: When I grow up I will be an abstract artist in Paris. I will splatter on my canvas. I will be rich in Paris with my family. I will use hot pink with red, blue and green. I will give the paintings to the museum and Mrs. Woodward.

Kendra Folkers

Grade 3, Lowpoint-Washburn

Salesman: I want to be a salesman like my dad. I want to be married and be a dad. I want to live in a mansion.

Drake Perry

Grade 2, New Holland-Middletown

I love art: When I grow up I want to be an art teacher. Art is so much fun. You can make pictures. You can make anything you want. You can make something red, blue and pink. I love art.

Carmen Craigmiles

Grade 3, New Holland-Middletown

Loving animals: I am going to be a vet. Animals love me. I love animals. My first favorite animals are cats. My second favorite animal is a dog.

Gracie Jones

Grade 4, New Holland-Middletown

Fashion is fun: When I grow up I want to be a fashion designer. I also want to have my own clothing line because I think it would be really fun. I also love designing things and making clothes. 

Riley Hurley

Grade 4, Northpoint

Not sure yet: When I grow up I don't want to do anything, yet. It's really hard to think what I want to do when there is a lot to choose from. I am only in fifth grade. When I grow up I hope I can find something.

Caelen Henderson

Grade 5, Northpoint

Lincoln firefighter: I want to be a fireman. It will feel cool. I want to live in Lincoln where I grew up.

Carson Anderson

Grade 3, Northwest

Burglars and doughnuts: When I grow up I will be a policeman. I will get the burglars and handcuff them. I will put them in their cell. I will wear a police suit and have a car. I will get doughnuts, too. I will call the fire department to put the fire out.

Dylan Alvarez

Grade 2, Oakdale

Olympic gymnast: When I grow up I want to be in the Olympics. I want to be a gymnast because I love gymnastics. I am so flexible I can do the splits.

Mariah Crawford

Grade 3, Oakdale

Call center: When I grow up I want to be a guy who picks up the phone when people call Country Financial.

Eli Barlow

Grade 5, Parkside

Rescue animals: When I grow up I want to be an animal rescuer because I love working with animals, and I never want to see them get hurt. I have always been the type who would want to adopt an animal, and I can never get enough of them.

Aubrey Yuskevtch

Grade 4, Pepper Ridge

Snake lover: When I grow up I want to be a herpetologist. A herpetologist is a scientist who studies snakes. I want to be one because I love snakes.

Ethan Carrion

Grade 2, Prairie Central

Big plans: Here are a few things I want to be in life when I grow up. I will have a big family with four kids and two chocolate labs as pets. My big family and I will live in a big house in a nice neighborhood in Illinois. A shiny red Viper will be the car that I drive when I grow up. I feel like that would be a great life to have.

Alek Seaton

Grade 2, Prairieland

Videos and animals: When I get older I will be a YouTuber. My videos will be about Minecraft, Roblox and Legos. I want three snakes, two dogs and three tarantulas. I'll go live in the country so I can have a pool.

Tavin Deany

Grade 3, Prairieland

Many plans: When I grow up I want to be an actress staring in Hollywood TV shows with my name in lights and billboards. Before that I want to go to a sewing school and make fabulous clothes for little girls like me. When I am older I want to visit Melbourne, Australia, and New York City. Last, I want to be a comedian and make people smile and laugh like I do now.

Nyraya Carter

Grade 4, Prairieland

Formula Three: Zoom! Number 43 is in hot pursuit of the lead, and he takes it! Lex Brooks has just conquered Le Mans 2042. When I grow up I want to race for Bondurant Corvette, the best F3 team there is. F3 is a type of racing where stock automobiles are taken in by high-level engineers and turned into bad-to-the-bone speedsters.

Lex Brooks

Grade 5, Prairieland

Still deciding: When I grow up I want to be either an Army man or a baker. I want to be an Army man because I see the Navy SEALs on TV. It inspires me to serve my country. I want to be a baker because I love the aromas of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, cakes and cupcakes. I'm not sure.

Ethan Bowen

Grade 4, St. Mary's

Role model: When I grow up I want to be a fifth-grade teacher at St. Mary's School, Bloomington. My fifth-grade teacher is my role model. I want to be just like her. I also want to be a role model for my students.

A.J. Luna

Grade 5, St. Mary's

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