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Our 2014 Scholarship Winners

Eliana Kerrigan
P.S. 122

Eliana Kerrigan

A hero and a legend are very important people who make a difference in the world. I feel a hero is someone brave who saves people from danger and sometimes has to make sacrifices to do that. A legend is also someone who does brave things, like saving people or places, but what they do is so important they become…

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Sophia Silverstein
P.S. 2

Sophia Silverstein

Legends and heroes have been around for thousands of years. There are many people who have had and have qualities that make them worthy of these titles. There are two people in my opinion that stand out as a legend and a hero. These two people have impacted the lives of thousands of people in positive ways and have inspired…

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Jennifer Bravo
I.S. 10

Jennifer Bravo

A hero is someone who is selfless, courageous , and determined. They are always willing to make sacrifices for their job. They are good role models because they motivate people who might be having a hard time in their life to say, “If he can do it, then so can I.” They inspire others to have hope and always put…

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Ahbab Ashraf
I.S. 141

Ahbab Ashraf

In today’s society, heroes and legends captivate the minds of many. Tales of larger than life characters beating impossible odds are what many have come to expect when hearing these words, making them essentially interchangeable. The problem with this perception is not only that heroes and legends are not the same, but that they are also far more commonly found…

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Tasfia Bashar
P.S. 122

Tasfia Bashar

Guiding Lights

International headlines are topped with one striking name. They are accompanied with images that are recognizable all around the world. Who is this man? To start off, he is ordinary from the outside – one would not find him to be of particular interest. His demeanor, nature, and actions based on his being characterize him as different from…

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Ethan Stark-Miller
Academy of American Studies High School

Ethan Stark-Miller

The terms hero and legend are used so often that they have become clichés, without much meaning. People tend to use these terms carelessly, assigning them to individuals who do not fulfill their meaning. In their careless use many people have twisted the meanings of the two words together, as if they are interchangeable with one another. In reality a…

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Brittney Bernstein
Bayside High School

Brittney Bernstein

Heroes and legends consist of individuals who gain unlimited recognition in society. Although both heroes and legends possess the world’s attention, they may acquire the ubiquitous status through opposing actions. Heroes gain positive attention by committing selfless acts and sacrifices, often putting themselves in harm’s way; the betterment of mankind prevails over personal safety. They also accomplish their altruistic goals…

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Daniela Morales
Long Island City High School

Daniela Morales

Clarissa Harlowe Barton

“The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me.”

Heroes may never be forgotten. But legends never die. The word “hero” is often associated to bearers of supernatural abilities, tall men saving the world from their enemies. Legends and their actions extend beyond space and time within the confinements…

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Robert Nash
FDNY Engine 260

Robert Nash

As children we all look up to important people in our lives as our heroes. A hero could be your Dad, older brother, teacher, local policeman, firefighter, or a fictional super hero from TV. In general it is someone very special to you that do noble or brave deeds.  My Father is a hero to me; this is because he…

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John McGee
FDNY Ladder 4

John McGee

Over the course of generations, the world has been graced with countless numbers of men and women who have put the greater good before their own desires. These people, often ordinary, average men and woman just like you and I, have broken away from the norm and shown themselves to be exceptional through their bravery, courage, and generosity to those…

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Samantha Saporito
FDNY Ladder 154

Samantha Saporito

What are the characteristics of a legend and of a hero? A legend is a person or persons who have made an impact in society. A legend has accomplished something in history that will always be remembered. A legend can be a hero or even famous, but they don’t have to be. A hero on the other hand has done…

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Nicholas Conte
FDNY Ladder 4

Nicholas Conte

All kinds of people are considered heroes and legends. A baseball player can be considered a legend for his impact on the ball field. A young boy can be considered a hero for standing up to a bully. Is there a difference between the two? I say yes and no. In the 1993 film The Sandlot, there is a scene…

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Katherine DeCrescenzo
CCC Queensview North

Katherine DeCrescenzo

Where lies the difference between a hero and a legend? Where in man can be found the boldness of a legend, and what separates him from the selflessness of a hero? I believe the difference lies in perspective.

A legend, by definition, receives wide recognition for his deeds, and it doesn’t matter whether his aim is noble or…

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