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Our 2007 Scholarship Winners

Steven Nakhwal
P.S. 2

Steven Nakhwal

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Not everybody in our society thinks that our elected officials are making the right decisions. Not everybody in our community thinks that our elected officials are making decisions that are beneficial for us. There are specific suggestions that I can make to help our elected officials make thoughtful and good decisions.

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Angelica Rivera
P.S. 122

Angelica Rivera

One specific suggestion I would make to help our elected officials make thoughtful, informed and fair decisions that benefit America would be to open a web site.

By opening a free web site Americans could go online and let their opinions be known to the officials. Precise questions related to the issue could be listed and we could answer them.…

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Gabriela Campoverde
I.S. 10

Gabriela Campoverde

In America all citizens are given the right to vote. We make basic decisions throughout the country by majority rule. As a future voter, I believe it is completely necessary for politicians to see both sides of an argument. Today there are lobbyists who usually work for certain interest groups and try to persuade legislators on behalf of their persona…

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In Hwan Cho
I.S. 10

In Hwan Cho

In the United States of America we make decisions by majority rule. One of the most important duties of a politician is to hear both sides of an argument. Hearing both sides of an argument is very important because it helps him/her make an unbiased decision. If a politician doesn’t hear both sides of an argument they can easily make…

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Wilson Lai
I.S. 227

Wilson Lai

Elected officials, such as mayors, should not use special interest groups, such as lobbyists, to make decisions. Although lobbyists do inform elected officials of the wants and needs of the people who they represent, the people that are not represented by these lobbyists are just left out to vote for themselves. This gives too much power to special interest groups…

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Daisy Oukaour
I.S. 141

Daisy Oukaour

Majority rule. That is how decisions are made in America. When there is an argument, it’s crucial that politicians see both sides, if a square decision is to be reached. By looking at only one side of a conflict, the judge can be deceived. Each side will try to make their opinion look good and clean, and avoid mentioning any…

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Joshua Blenner
Bayside High School

Joshua Blenner

Throughout the history of the United States, the government has made many decisions that have changed the country, its citizens, and the world. These decisions have been controversial in their time and later proved to change the course of history for better or for worse. Decisions such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the choice for America to enter…

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Kaitlyn O’Keefe
FDNY Engine 307

Kaitlyn O’Keefe

For as long as we the people can recall, there has always been some form of power; leading or possibly forcing a lifestyle on people. When America was first founded and a form of government was created it was clearly established that there would no longer be a king, a queen, or any higher being to make all decisions. Decisions…

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Patrick Rooney
FDNY Ladder 4

Patrick Rooney

As the representative of our Democratic Republic, the United States Government has made many decisions which have changed history for both the USA and the World. Some of the most radical changes in our Republic are from the Government’s policies of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments as well as the socialistic like policies of the New Deal which helped…

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Thomas McCarthy
FDNY Ladder 127

Thomas McCarthy

As I have progressed through high school, I have tried to focus in on what I would like to do with my life. I once raised one of the possibilities to my mother, and told her that I might want to go into politics. “Wouldn’t it be cool,” I said, “if I became President of the United States?” My mother…

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Alexandra Reich
FDNY Ladder 56

Alexandra Reich

In the history of the United States of America, 42 diverse men with different ideas and contributions to our wonderful country held power. America, being that it is a democracy, allows the citizens to voice their opinion by voting on an individual whom they have faith and hope in. When citizens elect a president, they do so for many reasons.…

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Faheem Zaman
P.S. 122

Faheem Zaman

“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”

—Napoleon Bonaparte

America is a unique place to live in. There is no other place in the world where you can see so many different kinds of people, so many different kinds of beliefs and so much tolerance to diversity. However, this diversity is one of the reasons…

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Gioemi Orofino
Long Island City High School

Gioemi Orofino

“I Believe Our Nation Stands for Freedom”

When creating our Constitution, the Framers succeeded in creating a document that would outlive all other government outlines in any other country. Our Constitution has been so successful because it protects the rights of the people it governs, prevents a high concentration of power to one branch or individual and paves a path…

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