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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Grade 11

Battling AIDS in My City

Washington, DC is among the cities with the highest rates of STDs infection in the United States.  The term STD refers to a Sexually Transmitted Disease.  Teenagers between the ages of 15-17 years old are the fastest growing age group to join this dangerous statistic.  Our city’s mayor, Adrian Fenty, said in an interview about […]

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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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Food and Nutrition
Grade 8

Childhood Obesity

As a child, I was pretty chubby. According to the Body Mass Index (BMI, the measure of someone’s weight in relation to their height), if a child is over the 95th percentile for BMI, he or she is considered overweight. My BMI was always over 100th. Fortunately, my parents realized this tendency early on and […]

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