Justice System
Grade 9

The Unfairness Black and Poor People Deal With

In the first two months of 2021, 132 civilians have been shot, 16 of whom were black. In 2020, shootings among black Americans were much higher than those among any other race, standing at 35 fatal shootings. Police officers need to stop harming people because it is a direct violation of human rights. Black people […]

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Mental Health
Grade 9

Mental Health: Suicide

September 23, 2019, is a day I’ll never forget. That’s the day one of my closest friends, who was like a brother to me, committed suicide. It was painful and surprising because there was never a dull moment with him. According to The Washington Post, 800,000 people commit suicide each year. This means countless families […]

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Domestic and Sexual Violence
Grade 9

Domestic Violence

My name is Tayania Taylor. I am from IDEA PCS and my issue is domestic violence. Imagine, your relationship with your mother stopped because of a man. A man that physically abused your mother right in front of you and still deals with her abuser because he got better. No one ever thinks about the […]

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Environment
Grade 9

Carbon Emissions: The World is in Danger

The Earth’s climate is changing and it can be very detrimental to life across the globe. It not only harms us, but it is also primarily caused by our actions. I care about the well-being of the Earth’s environment because I care about future generations of humans. I want future generations of my family to […]

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Healthcare
Grade 9

HIV Education is Necessary

In 2010, the estimated number of HIV infections was the highest it has ever been. Black/African-Americans continue to experience the most severe burden of HIV, compared with other races and ethnicities, but all people of races suffer HIV infections. Many people are not being tested because they are scared or unaware, but in reality we […]

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Gun Control
Grade 9

Teens, Guns, and Violence

Over the years, I have lost many friends and nearly lost family members because of gang violence. I have been to a few funerals of friends who were shot and killed simply because of where they live. Some of my others friends have been shot, but thankfully survived. Gang violence has an especially big impact […]

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Education
Grade 9

The Cost of High School Dropouts

Only 21 out of 50 states require students to attend high school until they graduate or turn 18. I believe all states should require students to attend high school. What I have noticed from loved ones and the people around me is that those who feel like they have an option to attend or not […]

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Family
Grade 9

Tales of Adoption and Courage

I was born in the Bronx section of New York to parents who are only vague memories to me now. When I was about two or three years old my biological father and mother divorced and my biological mother took me to Korea, my “homeland.” For two years, I lived in a one-room house with […]

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Pop Culture
Grade 9

The Message Behind the Music

“Now, what you hear is not a test. I’m rappin’ to the beat, and me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet.” According to rapper Jay-Z, rap has changed America immensely to improve race relations and has done more than any leader or politician. In fact, the influence that rap […]

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Immigration
Grade 9

An Immigrant’s Pride

Fifteen years ago, two scientists in their twenties gave up their respectable jobs and their cozy apartment, bid farewell to their family and friends, left their hometown, and came to a new country—America. All they had were a yet to be born baby, 4 suitcases and a thousand dollars. They studied hard, worked diligently and […]

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International Cultures and Issues
Grade 9

My Syrian Culture

As one would say “welcome” in Arabic, salamo alaykom!  My Syrian origins from my dad’s side of the family are reflected in different aspects of my life. I have eaten Syrian food, listened to my parents and other relatives speak Arabic, and used Arabic expressions my whole life. My family’s Syrian culture ties all of […]

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