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Franklin Diaz:
2009 Winner
P.S. 2

Franklin Diaz

Winning Essay

“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 of America. President Barack Obama beat the odds. He came from a bi-racial family, a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. He served four years in the US Senate and prior to that a misunderstood lawmaker in the Illinois Legislature. His road wasn’t easy and hit every roadblock, the most obvious of this was the color of his skin.

After graduating from Harvard Law, he received many job offers from Wall Street and Corporate America, but Barack Obama had other ideas. He wanted to go into politics and change the world. I feel that this election was so energized because of the “change “ he promises. Starting with the economy. He needs us to work together to transform our economy and put regulation into place. New York City is the financial capital of the world; we have to rebuild our economy and create jobs. He also wants to set higher standards for our schools and supply them with the resources they need to succeed future of tomorrow and I am grateful for the education I receive her in the United States of America. He wants to recruit more teachers with better pay and more support. We the children of today are the future of tomorrow and I am grateful for the education I receive here in the United States of America. He also wants us to be the generation that finally tackles our health care crisis by having universal healthcare in America. In my opinion, no one should be without healthcare, especially children and the elderly. Most importantly he wants to bring an end to the war in Iraq. Our troops need to come home. Many lives were lost and we need to track down the terrorists with a stronger military and use our resources to get homeland security to work right so we never have another 911. President Obama understands the ultimate victory against our enemies will come only by rebuilding our alliances and bringing hope and opportunity to millions of people around the globe.

President Barack Obama has instilled hope in all of us. Afro Americans, Whites, Hispanics, Muslims. We are one country re organized by this hope. It is this hope that will get us through these hard times and once again flourish into the wonderful country we Live in…THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


My name is Franklin Diaz and I am ten years old. I was born in New York. I am a proud American. I come from a family of three siblings. There are two boys and one girl and I am the oldest of the three. I want to start by saying that I am so very honored to have won this scholarship award. When I was younger I attended the Christopher A. Santora School in Jackson Heights. I was there for two years. I had my stepping up ceremony and moved on to my present school P.S 2. I am so glad that I was given this opportunity to have been part of this contest. Now that I am in fifth grade it is time to move on again. I will miss my school and my fellow’s classmates. But I know like you wrote in the letter, if I have a dream than I should follow that dream and one day will succeed. It is people like you that give me the opportunity to be who I am today. And yes I am young and have a long way to go but I know that as long as I keep my head high I will be someone one day.

At this time I will like to thank my mom and dad for being there for me through my ups and downs. If it weren’t for them I would not be here today to accept this scholarship. I love you more than life.

When I grow up I want to be a major league baseball player. I want to be a Yankee. I will try my best for this to happen. Sorry Met fans.

I want to thank all my teachers who have touched my life and made this possible. I will miss you all. Now that I am graduating in June I will be on to a new school. When people look at me they say you can’t be in the fifth grade and I ask why. There response is you are too small and I reply with good things come in small packages. Just because of my height that does not change who I am as a person.

Thank you again for giving me this opportunity.

Much love
Franklin Diaz P.S 2

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