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Izzabelle Ross:
2012 Winner
P.S. 122

Izzabelle Ross

Winning Essay

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 futures and trying to fight for a better government that is fair to all American’s. That’s what Occupy Wall Street is all about.

The protesters are representing us as Americans. Before we get better jobs, we all need a good education.The government has to invest money to prepare children for their future jobs and lives. Businesses should invest in the United States, not bring the jobs outside the country and build more jobs in America More opportunities should be open to those who want to open businesses.

While the rich get richer the poor get poorer. The rich get richer because of tax cuts as compared to the working people who have to pay large amounts of tax from their small salaries. I believe that everyone should be treated equally and should all pay a fair amount of money in taxes. There should also be enough jobs for people in America.

Protesters don’t want big corporations to influence politicians. I agree. I think that politicians should base their decisions on what is right and beneficial for most people, not just a select few. We want a government that works for the people and will protect the rights of their people, not a government that answers to something a rich person asks for.

Some ways to fix America’s problems like this are to inform the government about what is happening and why they are holding such a movement. People can also prepare such matters. Choose good leaders that make decisions that help the country. Pass better laws to benefit more people’s lives. These ways can help keep out nation strong and together.

I think that the Occupy Wall Street movement is a good thing. It shows that as American we can fight for what’s right. They are fighting for more and better jobs, equal income distribution, and fewer influences of big corporations. The protesters represent us. I hope that that protesters will help shape the future to be better for children and families.


My name is Izzabelle Paz Ross and I am a fifth grader at P.S. 122Q. I was born on June 8, 2001. I will be 11 years old in June. I love my school a lot. My favorite subjects are reading and writing, computers, math, and science. Besides learning, I get to spend time with my friends in school. This year, I am deeply honored winning the Christopher Santora scholarship award.

I like to sing, listen to music, and hanging out with my friends, Andrea, Jason, and Camilla. Sometimes, I like to write some of my own songs. My favorite song would be Drive By (by Train). I also like to read and write. My favorite genres are fantasy, fiction, and historical fiction. I always like to read new books that I haven’t heard of. I also like to write short stories with my friends or just by myself.

When I grow up I want to be a fashion designer. I have a passion for fashion, and my friends call me the fashionista. My mother taught me how to sew by hand and how to use a sewing machine. I remember this one time when I had to make my own artifact for a social studies project. I made a special bag, and I made it look colorful, pretty, and fun. During my spare time, I like to sketch my own designs.

I was born and raised in New York. I love to go places. I visited places like the Bahamas, Washington DC, Maine, Boston, and North Carolina. I hope to someday be able to visit my grandma Matilde, my cousins, aunts, and uncles in the Philippines.

I am an only child, but I am blessed with a wonderful extended family and friends surrounding me. I get a lot of support and encouragement from my mom who is a lifelong learner herself. My aunts, uncles, and friends were excited when they heard that I won the award, and I am just glad I could share my happiness with them. To me family is very important, and to my mom and dad, I love you.

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