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Our 2012 Scholarship Winners

Eden Lefebvre
P.S. 2

Eden Lefebvre

The Wall Street movement began on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, Manhattan, New York. I believe that the protesters are a mix of people who aren’t very sure what they are protesting about. I cannot agree with a movement that I find confusing and that can’t agree on common views. I am, however, unhappy with the direction that our…

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Izzabelle Ross
P.S. 122

Izzabelle Ross

For a while now, there has been news of the Occupy Wall Street movement .I agree with the protesters. People in America should have the right to know what’s happening in the government.The protesters want more and better jobs, equal income distribution, and fewer influences of big corporations. Protestors want fair salaries. They are trying to help give people better…

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Karina Cadena
I.S. 10

Karina Cadena

For the past several months the actions going on in Zuccotti Park on Wall Street has become a place of interest for the residents of New York City and all of the U.S. and is now becoming worldwide. Starting from September 17, 2011 an active mob of protestors decided to go against the government’s way of dealing with the economy…

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Hailey Lam
I.S. 141

Hailey Lam

Essential Question: For the past several months, the occupy Wall Street Movement has been in the news. They are unhappy with the direction our country is going. Do you agree with this position? Why? What do you think can be done to solve some of America’s problems?

Ever since the Occupy Wall Street strike had begun on September 17, a…

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Jeremy Gurgis
I.S. 227

Jeremy Gurgis

I am Pro-Occupy Wall Street because I believe that the wealthiest one percent of the United States has too much power. The average American has no voice in how our country is run because of the influence of the wealthiest people. Large corporations and wealthy individuals such as Charles and David Koch get to decide how the country is run…

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Constantine G. Pougiouklidis
Bayside High School

Constantine G. Pougiouklidis

“Water, water; we die of thirst….Cast down your bucket where you are!” —Booker T. Washington

Occupy Wall Street is a cry for help. Protesters, working class people standing up against corporations, politicians, and the government are demonstrating the need for equality. The purpose of Occupy Wall Street promotes truth of economic inequality and corporate greed. The gap created between white…

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Simone Wright
Townsend Harris High School

Simone Wright

In an age of instant gratification, it is rare to find a force like the Occupy Wall Street movement. The sheer number of Occupiers across the globe underlines the idea that people are still willing to fight for causes greater than themselves. Occupy Wall Street has demanded much of its participants, some of whom left their homes to stand among…

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Molly Rebecca Doomchin
P.S. 122

Molly Rebecca Doomchin

Wave By Wave

The American Dream. Something that so many people in our country yearn for. Everyone fantasizes of living a perfect life; a life that is ironically so different from the life that many people live today. People are homeless, poor, and unemployed. People die inside every day from the loss that they’ve experienced and the hardships that they’ve…

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Nabeed Zaman
Long Island City High School

Nabeed Zaman

“We got sold out, banks got bailed out; all day, all week, occupy Wall Street.”

These were the words that incessantly reverberated during my visit to the Occupy Wall Street Movement. My experience occupying Washington Square Park was life changing, because it really opened my eyes to the way things actually work in America. It meant so much to…

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Christie Frango
FDNY Engine 260

Christie Frango

I really didn’t take an initial interest in the occupy Wall Street movement until I heard my father say, “They are only hippies and homeless looking for a hand out.” Being a curious teenager I felt if my father was judging by appearance maybe it was time for me to become informed. I know my generation can sometimes look and…

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Ryan Gayer
FDNY Engine 307

Ryan Gayer

Occupy Wall Street is a movement involving a group of people who are attempting to change the way the country is run. They feel that they have been wronged and they want it to change. One of the items that the protesters are specifically asking for is more regulation among corporations. They want to change the way money is divided…

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Emily Gallagher
FDNY Office of Battalion 50

Emily Gallagher

One of the most familiar sights in the world to me is my dad leaving for the firehouse. Over his shoulder he slings his frayed hunter green duffel bag and in his arms he clasps a box of cereal, his contribution to “the meal,” from the pantry that I will probably curse him for the next morning when I get…

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Imani Wallace
CCC Amalgamated/Bronx Houses

Imani Wallace

On Jan 17th, 2011… “Americans from across the nation and the world assembled in the shadows of a broken system to participate in real democracy.”

Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement powered by people from different walks of humanity who are fed up and disgusted with the corporate greed that has been destroying our society. Inspired by the Egyptian…

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Allison DeCrescenzo
CCC Queensview North

Allison DeCrescenzo

Maybe I’m of an unpopular opinion, but I’m tired of the occupying. The Occupy Wall Street movement and its national offshoots have good intentions at their core. They sought to bring to light the extent of corporate greed and corruption, to highlight the plight of the average worker (or non-worker, as one of their complaints is that our unemployment rate…

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Joseph Faustino Foti
CCC East River Housing Corp.

Joseph Faustino Foti

As a resident of New York and an avid follower of current events, it was virtually impossible for me to avoid noticing the camp of protesters amassing in Zuccotti Park. Although the mission statement of the campaign fluctuated over time, the main argument was constant. The fact that the wealthiest 1% of American citizens hold more wealth that the other…

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