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Nicholas Haviaras:
2011 Winner
I.S. 227

Nicholas Haviaras

Winning Essay

The “Change in America” Essay

Change is the act of sparking a difference in anything or anyone. It may be appealing or immoral depending on the situation. In this case, the purpose of change is to bring improved benefits and a greater existence. During the previous presidential campaign of Barack Obama, many promises had been made for the betterment of the United States of America. Even though these promises cannot all be fulfilled at the current time, progress has been made in these tasks; progress that is either completely accomplished or in the process of completion. Due to today’s wretched economy, in part because of the outstanding amount of national debt owed, not all of these promises for a better life can be funded. The economy is slowly being rejuvenated, so more promises can be kept and some others should be created to suit our country. I believe current changes need to be made in autism efforts, abortion, and how we bring U.S. troops home.

The number of cases of autism in the United States has gradually growth throughout the years, and it’s become a major case in the United States. Autism is common in children and effects the way a person may interact or communicate with the world. One promise made by Barack Obama was to assign a federal coordinator on all autistic related efforts. The intended plan was to improve awareness of ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), increase the value of training to medical professionals in an attempt to recognize and treat Autism. By appointing a federal coordinator in charge of all Autism efforts, ASD will earn a place of importance in the government as a high priority. In other efforts, it’s been told by the administration that the responsibility of strengthening the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee has been done. Although this may have been done, the plan of assigning a federal coordinator has been delayed and still not achieved.

A change I believe should occur is the return of the abortion-funding policy. Family-planning clinics are no longer funded to promote abortion or any similar position such as counseling. President Barack Obama refers to family planning aid as a “political wedge,” meaning that it’s become a social/political issue of a notorious quality. He claims that he has no desire to continue the practice of such events. I believe that abortion should be solely based on the decision of a woman carrying the child in her womb. No man should force such a burden of carrying a child one may not have a desire to retain. There is a constant struggle with the presence of abortion. It is often represented as an inhumane practice. Such hatred in fact, that a physician name Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed in 2009. He was one of the few U.S physicians left that preformed late-term abortions. This is a type of belief that causes tragedy and chaos in society. I also believe that there are limits to an extent. Late-term abortions can only be preformed under a court order due to health concerns for the mother or child in the womb. Otherwise, abortions occurring in the third-semester should not be justified. These are the reasons why funding should once again be provided to family clinics.

The final change that should be made is the return of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. In the first few months of Barack Obama’s presidency, he announced that he will be sending thirty thousand troops to Afghanistan by summer of 2010. I believe this is only adding to the pandemonium former President George W. Bush added (43rd president of the Unite States of America) created. George Bush believed that “Weapons of mass destruction” existed in the country of Iraq and were a serious threat. This was the beginning of the war we know today that has been continuing for nine years so far. Little did he know at the time there were no such possessions present in Iraq. Other countries such as Afghanistan and Iran in the Middle East joined the war. This is what was known as the triple threat against the U.S. and only made matters worse. Many lives of troops were lost in the war due to George Bush’s negligent decisions. Because of the lack of such weapons found, troops should be able to avoid this monstrosity and be able to return home. But instead, thirty thousand more troops have been sent only adding to the large total already there. Barack Obama has said that all troops will return home by summer of 2010. This is supposedly an effort to deteriorate the war, but this is only placing more lives in jeopardy.

In conclusion, many promises have been made that cannot be kept and mistakes have occurred throughout the past. Autism, abortion, and the return of troops are some key additions and changes that need to be taken under consideration. All of these can be corrected with the proper measures. New promises can be assured for the gain of our country, and mistakes such as the war can be fixed with the proper course of action. This is what makes our country so diverse. The way our system works with the voting of our leaders and new policies is what creates balance and assures no one house in the government or single being obtains too much power. Only chaos and corruption are to be gained. Overall, the contemplation and understanding of the courses of action needed to be taken can create chance, for these are the elements of which will produce the satisfaction needed of our daily lives and what’s best for America.



My name is Nicholas Haviaras and I currently attend Louis Armstrong Middle School. While being here, I’ve met many great friends and aspiring teachers. I’ve lived in New York my whole life, and I don’t think I’d ever want to move away. New York is just a great place to live in and it’s even better when you’re surrounded by family and friends.

I’ve greatly enjoyed my time attending Louis Armstrong Middle School, but not it’s time to move on to high school. This fall, I’ll either be attending Brooklyn Tech or Benjamin N. Cardozo High School studying law and government. Out of any subjects in school, I’d have to stay Social Studies is my favorite. I enjoy learning about history and it informs you on how the world works today. Even though I’ll be missing most of my friends, it’s time to move on and explore my opportunities.

The things I do in my free time may vary such as playing sports or even sitting in the house playing video games. I enjoy all types of sports, but soccer is my favorite. When I get the chance, it’s great to just watch soccer games on TV with my dad and discuss the games. When I watch, I root for the teams of my country Greece when playing against other countries. Another one of my hobbies is listening to music. I mostly listen to rap from artists such as Eminem. Rap is the only type of true music for some people. It expresses real life problems and doesn’t just contain random lyrics to fit into a song. Listening to music helps me relax and makes time fly by.

This summer, I plan to get my working papers and get a job. I’d like to raise some money for college and any necessities I’ll need as I progress in my school studies. Getting a job will teach me about earning my own money and how it will be like as I grow older. After all, money doesn’t grow on trees. These are some of the values I’ve learned while growing up in New York, and I wouldn’t have my life any other way.

I’d like to thank the judges for choosing my submission as a winning essay. It means a lot to me and I take pride in my work. Many people have done great things in their lives and their memory still lives on in our minds. One of these people would be Christopher Santora. Christopher Santora risked his life to rescue others in their time of need, and that is what makes his memory live on to this day.


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