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Our 2010 Scholarship Winners

Anson Wu
P.S. 2

Anson Wu

I believe Guantanamo Bay should be open. It saves lives. It saves money and time. It will not embarrass the United States.

This detention camp saves lives. It saves lives by forcing the terrorist to tell information on the attacks. It will also give a lesser chance for the U.S. to lose against the terrorists. The more terrorists found guilty…

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Andreas Tsihlas
P.S. 122

Andreas Tsihlas

Guantanamo Bay is a U.S. detainment camp located in Cuba. It is a place that holds prisoners that have been captured for terrorist attacks and it keeps them behind bars until a trial is set for them. In 2008, President Barrack Obama said that he was going to close this camp and relocate it somewhere in the United States. It…

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Manjot Singh
I.S. 10

Manjot Singh

President Barack Obama vows to close down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. It has been a year since he made the statement and the camp is still in service. The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is in a military base located in Cuba. It is operated by the “Joint Task Force Guantanamo” of the US government since 2002. This camp was…

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Katherine DeCrescenzo
I.S. 141

Katherine DeCrescenzo

Contain the Threat. Protect & Defend

Warm Sun, filling meals, hot showers, comfortable beds, and plenty of time all to yourself. Sound like a relaxing vacation? Think again. This is the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. On his first day in office, President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay within a year’s time. That deadline has come and gone, and the…

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Melanie Ann Miranda
I.S. 227

Melanie Ann Miranda

President Obama vowed to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba his first day in office.  Yet, a year has passed and that still hasn’t happened. I believe that the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp should stay open because it is off American grounds, therefore the jailed people cannot escape and hurt any part of the country. The military that…

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Anastasios Karayianidis
P.S. 122

Anastasios Karayianidis

On his first day in office, President Barack Obama, vowed to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba. A year has passed, and while the detention camp remains open, President Obama still pledges to close the military base. The President’s persistence on this matter is nothing short of reasonable, practical, moral, and necessary action. President Obama’s vow to close…

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Blake Cholost
Bayside High School

Blake Cholost

“The message we are sending around the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism, and we are going to do so vigilantly; we are going to do so effectively; and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals.” This is what…

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Zachary DeCrescenzo
Long Island City High School

Zachary DeCrescenzo

“History is a race between education and catastrophe.”

—H.G. Wells—

The race between Education and Catastrophe is definitely on. While our “educated” politicians posture and pose, we careen towards catastrophe and cannot get our voices heard.

What to do about the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center? To me it’s a needless question in search of an obvious answer: Nothing. We should…

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Jenna Considine
FDNY Engine 307

Jenna Considine

President Obama has described Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay detention camp as “a sad chapter in American history.” Guantanamo Bay, a United States naval base, has been detaining suspected terrorists since 2002. Many have considered torture tactics used at Guantanamo Bay to be a human rights scandal because detainees have been beaten, burnt, and sexually assaulted while serving their sentences. However, I…

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Cassie Farrell
FDNY Ladder 116

Cassie Farrell

“I think the American people understand that we are not…going to continue with a false choice between our safety and our ideals,” said President Obama on January 22, 2009 when he signed a declaration ordering the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military base, and the cessation of the unlawful acts that have been taking place there. This detention facility is…

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Alexandra Cooney
FDNY Office of Battalion 9

Alexandra Cooney

The Guantanamo Bay Military Base and Detention Camp has long been a controversial issue for the United States. Guantanamo Bay was first acquired by President Theodore Roosevelt when he leased the land under the Platt Amendment, from the new Cuban government in 1903, after the Spanish-American War. The lease was signed for use of coaling and naval station operations. In…

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Zachary DeCrescenzo
CCC Queensview North

Zachary DeCrescenzo

“History is a race between education and catastrophe.”

—H.G. Wells—

The race between Education and Catastrophe is definitely on. While our “educated” politicians posture and pose, we careen towards catastrophe and cannot get our voices heard.

What to do about the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center? To me it’s a needless question in search of an obvious answer: Nothing. We should…

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