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Our 2009 Scholarship Winners

Franklin Diaz
P.S. 2

Franklin Diaz

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.’”

Forty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream…

Today President Barack Obama is the result of that dream, 44th President of the United States…

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Jordan Oliva
P.S. 2

Jordan Oliva

As a fifth grader living in the United States of America, I was able to be part of history in the making when President Obama was elected. Barack Obama is the first African American president to ever hold presidential office in America. I never paid much attention to politics or what was going on in the government. However, since Obama…

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Lin Xia
I.S. 10

Lin Xia

It’s been about 40 years since the United States has been so excited about the presidential election. The president that resulted from this year’s fired up election is Barack Obama. I have my own opinions as for why people have been so excited by this election.

I think people were more into the election was because of George W. Bush.…

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Jill Chow
I.S. 227

Jill Chow

January 20, 2009 marks a day in history in which America’s first African-American President was inaugurated. The election of President Barack Obama was important fro multiple reasons.

Perhaps the most prominent reason for the importance of Obama’s election is the racial barrier. In all of America’s 232 years, there has never been an African-American President. There have been African-American Supreme…

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Androniqi Kurtezi
I.S. 141

Androniqi Kurtezi

Historic Election

“Nevada has just voted for Senator Barack Obama and the scores are 301, Barack Obama, and 167, Senator John McCain. We are still waiting for the scores of Hawaii, Alaska, and California . Only a few minutes until the booths close in those three states and we will soon know who will be the next president of the…

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Chandler Gregoire
P.S. 122

Chandler Gregoire

It has been more than forty years since the nation was as energized over an election of a United States President as this year. This excitement was because the citizens of America believed that their vote could now actually make a difference. The idea of an African American as President gave people hope about the things they could accomplish as…

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Joseph Bassell
Long Island City High School

Joseph Bassell

Hope and Change have indeed come to America. The formal and final goodbyes of a failed administration have come and gone, and we now must face the problems ahead. A new age has dawned for the American people. January 20, 2009 marks a historic day for the country. Barack H. Obama became the nation’s first African American President. His truly…

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Michael Marley
FDNY Engine 48

Michael Marley

On January 20, 2009 Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States after two years of hard fought campaigning and fundraising. But how was this so? How did a nation tarnished with racism in the past come together and vote in record setting numbers for the first African American President of the United States? There…

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Matthew Quiñones
FDNY Engine 54

Matthew Quiñones

This past election was unlike any other in recent history – especially in my short lifetime – and it was the focus of the whole nation. The election of 2008 was a memorable one, filled with hope and the anticipation of great change. It was a validation of the dreams of Martin Luther King, the validation of our democratic process,…

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Kelly Neligan
FDNY Engine 262

Kelly Neligan

“Yes we can”, “Yes we can”. This was the battle cry of Senator Barack Obama before he was elected as our 44th President of the United States. There were many reasons why our country was so energized and captivated for this presidential election. It was time for a change. So many things are happening in today’s world due partly to…

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Keriann O’Keefe
FDNY Engine 307

Keriann O’Keefe

Presidents come and go, some leaving office as a legend and others being forgotten. It is always interesting to hear about the election leading up to our nation’s decision and certain aspects make some more memorable than others. This year, both the youth and the adults took interest in the election of our president, Barack Obama.

Something that made our…

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Siobhan Brady
FDNY Ladder 4

Siobhan Brady

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
-Barack Obama

The idea of change is one that terrifies yet ignites the spirits of those it is occurring too. These “changes” make one fear for the loss of…

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Harris Rosado
CCC Amalgamated Warbasse Houses

Harris Rosado

When you think of the term “national icon”, what usually comes to mind these days? Quite possibly a sports star, a movie star, someone who gives idiotic dance instructions over an obnoxiously bassy hip-hop beat or a president. Wait, a president? It may seem hard to believe that there once was a time in American history that the President of…

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