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Our 2013 Scholarship Winners

Cara Cunningham
P.S. 122

Cara Cunningham

Friday December 14th 2012 will go down as one of the most horrible days in history since September 11th 2001. I remember coming out of school and my mother’s eyes were red and swollen. When we got home the tragedy was all over the news. Twenty beautiful and innocent young children and six educators murdered. Everyone was asking why and…

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Shupti Biswas
P.S. 122

Shupti Biswas

The sound of silence—something that so many people regret, something that brings uneasiness to the mind, and a sign which tries to pull society toward a better future. Yet, this same sound of silence can be the result of our mistakes. It is partly from our mistakes that hope, love, courage, determination, and bright futures were lost in the shooting…

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Elise Wang
I.S. 227

Elise Wang

The second deadliest school shooting in United States history took place on December 14, 2012. Twenty year-old Adam Lanza killed six adults and twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Americans are now more concerned than ever about making more stringent gun control laws. Fortunately, school shootings happen rarely and are uncommon. However, a plan should be…

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Valentina Rios
I.S. 141

Valentina Rios

“…When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” –Nelson Mandela.

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Before driving to the school, Lanza had shot and killed his mother,…

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Steven DeCrescenzo
I.S. 141

Steven DeCrescenzo

Better a thousand times careful than once dead. —Proverb

Panic. Gunshots. Death. These words hardly describe the evil that visited Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza, the killer behind the Newtown Massacre, brought 27 innocents to their death. Frankly, I believe that we have no choice: a couple armed, trained guards should be at every school. It is necessary to…

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John Hempel
Bayside High School

John Hempel

The 2nd amendment of the Bill of Rights states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” There are many conflicting opinions regarding the intent and relevancy of this statement. However, my belief is that the intent from our founding…

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Nicholas Galatis
CCC Queensview Inc.

Nicholas Galatis

Most Americans, when asked what the second amendment is, will say, “The right to bear arms.” This, however, is not completely true. The actual wording of the amendment is, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The meaning of this…

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Carolina Fernandez
Long Island City High School

Carolina Fernandez

Recently I have heard the world discussing Gun Laws very passionately. I simply not could help but to overhear the opinions shared on this subject. As I always say, you learn a lot more being the listener rather than the active talker. Gun Laws have been an issue in this country for quite some time, but it has only become…

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Erin Joyce
FDNY Office of Battalion 9

Erin Joyce

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza killed his mother, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children and 6 educators. The incident was the second deadliest school shooting in United States history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. Our country has approximately 32,300 deaths each year and 69,000 injuries due to guns. It is hard for…

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Jesse Bloecker
FDNY Engine 307

Jesse Bloecker

The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut calls for a review of our nation’s laws and regulations regarding gun ownership. Before creating or altering any of such laws, we must consider the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution, which our nation’s founders designated the “Supreme Law of the Land.”

The 2nd Amendment to the…

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Kaela Diamond
FDNY Engine 298

Kaela Diamond

I was in my eighth period College Writing class, desks pushed around to form a circle, reading some Hamlet, when the principal came over the loud speaker and told us that we were under a lock-in. My teacher paused for a moment to tell us the procedure- we can carry on with what we are doing, but no one is…

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Arianna Moriarty
FDNY Engine 260

Arianna Moriarty

When our founding fathers wrote that we have the right to bear arms, did they mean that our power was limited or unlimited? In a country with an epidemic of violence and crime I believe that gun control restrictions are necessary in order maintain structure and order. The Newtown Elementary School was a tragedy that opened up the discussion for…

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Laura Kearns
FDNY Ladder 56

Laura Kearns

Before December 20, 2013 it was assumed that young children could safely attend their school without any fear. Prior to July 20, 2013, families could have a fun night out and go to a movie. Today the world is a different place. The Sandy Hook and the Colorado movie theater shootings are two of many terrible acts of gun violence…

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