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Molly Rebecca Doomchin:
2012 Winner
P.S. 122

Molly Rebecca Doomchin

Winning Essay

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 endured. People are hoping that somehow, life will get better for them. However, there are people in this world who live a completely different lifestyle. They live in the lap of luxury. They rack in billions of dollars from doing minimal work. The first group of people discussed are known as the 99%, and the other is known as the 1%. People are not getting to live the life that they had hoped and worked for because of people who have far more than they deserve. People manipulate others, and strive off of other’s despair. Pretty soon, there won’t be an American dream. There will be an American nightmare.

The Occupy Wall Street protestors are fighting to keep this American Dream alive. Occupy Wall Street is a non-violent movement going on today that is standing up against the mistakes that Wall Street has made throughout the past five years. These protestors are so persistent that they are willing to do whatever it takes to utilize their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and assembly; they sleep out in the cold, protest day after day, and stick together through all of the rough times in protest. These protestors follow the concepts of Henry David Thoreau to use civil disobedience to protest unjust government policies. Civil disobedience is where a person exercises their freedom of speech and ideas in a non-violent, civil manner. Mohandas Gandhi proceeded to express Thoreau’s ideas, and they were then used by Martin Luther King Jr. The Occupy Wall Street Movement falls into the great tradition of American protest which was exemplified in the Civil Rights and Vietnam War protests in the 1960s. This protest also sprouted from the Wisconsin labor unions protesting the Governor’s Anti-Labor Policies in early 2011. The Governor wanted to make it harder for the labor unions to negotiate contracts for better working conditions and pay. This protest was led by teachers, nurses, firefighters, and policemen. In their protest, the laborers occupied the Statehouse in Madison, Wisconsin. This greatly influenced the protestors of Occupy Wall Street on how to express their ideas.

I strongly support the views of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. They are fighting to keep the American dream alive. In spite of many obstacles faced in protest, the protestors have persisted, and show strong determination to make their voices heard. They show resiliency in times of struggle, and they will always stand up for what they believe in. There need to be solutions to issues in our country that are beneficial for everyone, not just 1% of the U.S. population. The protestors see the unfairness our society is subjected to, and they will fight to make things equal for everyone. I completely agree with their views of progression in our nation. Our country is a ship; President Obama is the captain, and the people of American society are the passengers. A short while ago, the ship of our nation hit a rough patch, and was on the verge of sinking. We almost dissolved into the lonely depths of the sea. However, the passengers and the captain did not give up. We did everything in our power to make sure that out ship did not sink. We realized that somehow, we needed to get our nation out of troubled waters, and try and turn the steering wheel the other way. Even though we are not completely turned around yet, we are making progress, steer by steer, wave by wave. I am a passenger on this great ship of ours, and I will not let it sink. We need to float. The Occupy Wall Street protestors believe that we should float too.

The issues that the protestors are protesting are massive. Some of these issues include fair tax rates, health care, and education. Tax rates in our country right now are extremely unfair. Mitt Romney only pays about 15% tax rate on $40 million of unearned income, while the average person pays at least 20% tax rate on earned income. The Occupy Wall Street protestors, as do I, find this statistic absolutely absurd. It is crazy that someone with so much wealth (much of it unearned) has a lower tax rate than someone with less wealth that is actually earned. People should pay their fair share of taxes. In our country, health care is not provided for everyone. Just as fairness is the issue with taxes, we need a fair healthcare system where everyone in America gets health insurance. In the issue of education, I believe that schools should be provided with more funding for lower class size, more teacher training, learning resources, and building maintenance. Solving all of these problems would lead us one step closer to steering out of economic strife.

Right now, our country is in a state of disarray. Many people are unemployed, and unable to provide for their families. Our ship was sinking before; we managed to slightly turn it around. Somehow, in this struggling time, we can make a full rotation. Our country can be great again. We have the power. Wave by wave, we can make it happen.

Biography

My name is Molly Rebecca Doomchin. I am 13 years old. I live in Sunnyside, Queens, with my parents and my two cats, Misty and Franny. My 28 year old brother just recently moved to upstate New York with his fiancé and his dog. I will be graduating from P.S. 122 this June. I will be attending the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in the fall for instrumental music (violin).

Music has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have been playing the violin ever since I was 5 and a half years old. I take violin lessons, musicianship classes, and I participate in a chamber orchestra at the Queens College Music School. My favorite genre of music is Classical, however I often like playing Pop songs too. I am an avid fan of the Baroque period of music; my favorite composer is Bach. I also love listening to the music of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Gershwin. My favorite piece of classical music is “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin. Listening to music makes me happy. I love listening to classical music before I go to bed, and before tests because it relaxes me. I am also a composer of music. I know that I will play my violin for many years to come. Music and my violin will always be a special part of me.

I also love to sing. Although I love to sing all genres of songs, my favorite songs to sing are musical theater ones. I have been in various musicals in my life, and they have all be really fun. Becoming a Broadway actress has always been something that I have aspired to. I would love to tell a story through acting, and through song. My favorite musical is The Sound of Music, but I also love Grease, Annie, and Hairspray.

My favorite subjects in school are English and American History. I have always loved writing. My favorite types of writing are creative writing and poetry. Someday, I hope to take my music and writing skills and combine them, potentially becoming a song writer. I like American History a lot because I really like learning about our country’s past. My favorite teacher is my English teacher. She is super supportive, nice, relatable, and always motivates me, and other students, to do our best. I will miss her dearly when I move on to high school this year.

I have also been interested in art since I was very young. I have been an avid museum visiter since I was three years old. I love the artwork of French post-impressionist painter Henri Rousseau because the dream-like features of his paintings captivate me. One painting of his in particular that I love is “The Sleeping Gypsy.” My favorite museums to go to are MoMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At MoMA, I love looking around on the fifth floor, which contains the modern art. When I go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I practically live in the 19th century European art galleries. I also have been collecting the colored buttons from this museum since I was little. Now, my collection consists of over 160 buttons (mostly green ones).

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