America SCORES

America SCORES Winning Essays

Ambar Carvajal

Blessing Uchendu

Brenda Batista

Catalina

Emmanuel

Inoelis Pimentel

Isamar Nunez

Jamira Muhammad            

Janely Rodriguez

Jocelyn Martinez

Jordy Baez

Kevin

Lariza Haro Diaz

Masseny Kaba

Nykia Butler

Patricia Yaranga

Reisha Gomez

Ricardo Petion

Rosalinda Reyes

Shanice Bobb

Simon Acevedo

Tayshawn

Van Nguyen

Yasmine Jama

Ambar Carvajal

J.W Hennigan School
Honoree: Mom

The person that I’m honoring is my mom.  My mom has been through rough times.  I haven’t seen my dad for 3 years because he is in his homeland and he can’t come back.  So my mom has raised us alone for 3 years.  She is a very hard working woman and she does everything to help us become successful in life.  She helps my 3 big sisters and me with any problems we have.  She helps us choose and make good decisions in life.  My mom is a very beautiful woman inside and out.  She is a peaceful woman.  She is my mom but she is also my best friend that I can share things with.  She is the best mom in the whole world.  I love my mom because she does everything she can to help us.      

back to top

Blessing Uchendu

Agassiz Elementary School
Honoree: Nicholas Uchendu

My model is my brother because he is the one that makes me laugh and sometimes he helps me with my homework.  Sometimes when my mom yells at me my big brother makes me feel much better and he is there for me when I need him most.  When I scrape my knee he’ll wipe the blood. He sticks up for me when I am alone.  He’ll sometimes make my meals.  He shares what he has with me and my sister.  He fixes my things when they are broken and I say thank you.  We go to the park to play with me and my sister.  Sometimes he washes my clothes when my mom tells me to. He teaches me how to write and he is going to teach me math and reading.  I want grades just like him.  We even play house together with my sister.  I’m the mommy, he is the brother and my sister is the sister.  We all help my mom cook bean pie.  I am glad to have a big brother like him.  He is a responsible teen and I wish everybody had a brother like him. 

back to top

Brenda Batista

Jackson Mann School
Honoree: Dad

Lots of people have had a lot of influence on me but mostly my dad.  He experienced a life on the farm with his 5 siblings.  His mother passed away when he was only 7.  Being the second oldest meant taking care of his younger siblings.  For a long time he stayed at an orphanage. When he left the orphanage he got a job that was miles away from home.  My grandfather was a person with little to give to his children.  They hardly got gifts or an award for their hard wok.  With all of the problems in his life, my father always had a smile on his face.  He never gave up on life like many other people do these days. His hard work paid off.  He has a good life today.  Thanks to him, I’m going to work hard and never give up on life.  My life is full of privileges and things that I should be thankful for.  I want to be just like my father. 

back to top

Catalina

P.J. Kennedy School
Honoree: Mom - Claudia

I want to honor my mom because she is the best mother any kid could have.  She helps me with everything I need like my homework.  She helps me to work hard with my gymnastics.  She explains things that I don’t understand.  She makes my favorite food and she works very hard to take me and my brother on vacations to Disney World.  She doesn’t get help from anybody and she does everything by herself.  She tells me all the time that I am the best and that I can do anything I want.  She works and goes to school to be a doctor someday.  Even when she was very sick a long time ago she took me to school.  My mom is a super duper mom and helpful.    

back to top

Emmanuel

John F. Kennedy School
Honoree: Tony Robinson

I look up to my soccer coach because he is very nice.  He takes his time to talk to people.  He helps you to be a better soccer player and also a great person.  He acts just like my father when he yells because he wants you to learn.  Oh, I’m talking about my America Scores New England coach.  When I grow up I want to be just like him.  He can be funny if he wants.  I want to be just like him.  I want to make others feel great.  I hope that the whole world can be like him.

back to top

Inoelis V. Pimentel

Agassiz Elementary School
Honoree: Victor T. Pimentel

I honor my dad because he used to always tell me that he loved me and that I was the best daughter in the world!  He used to take me to lots of fun places when I was a little girl and he used to throw me birthday parties.  The time passed, he got cancer.  Then he died May 3, 2008.  My dad is the one that I honor in my entire life.  

Isamar Nunez

Agassiz Elementary School
Honoree: Ysabel Polanco

Throughout living with my mom, I’ve been watching her footsteps and she has been teaching me to learn from my mistakes.  My mom is my role model because she always says to me that if I believe in myself, I will accomplish my goals and dreams.  Everyday my mom tells me about my father and me when I was a little girl because my dad died and we miss him so much.  Without my dad the family is not completed.  The way I love my mom is like when a little girl just gets a puppy she really wanted.  I appreciate my mom for all of the hard work she went through to bring me to America and to put me in school here because she cares about my education.  My mom is a hard working woman who is independent and I’m proud to have a mom like mine.  She really love’s me from the bottom of her heart.

back to top

Jamira Muhammad

Pauline A. Shaw School
Honoree: Cornelius

I want to honor my bigger brother Cornelius.  I always look up to him because we both share a rare disease.  Cornelius is a great leader.  He leads his own way by doing the right thing and he doesn’t follow others when they are doing wrong.  He has a great personality and a funny character.  Cornelius has always been there with me through pain and suffering.  I know what it’s like to be in pain because I go through it myself.  My bigger brother Cornelius is a wonderful honor!

back to top

Janely Rodriguez M.

John F. Kennedy School
Honoree: Mommy

From my little baby steps to now you were there.  I asked you a question and you would answer.  I had a problem and you would solve it.  If I wanted something you’ll try to get it for me.  I love you and I can’t explain how much.  It’s like your love for me.  You brought me into this world and I just can’t explain how much I thank you for that.  That’s why I’m proud to call you my mommy.

back to top

Jocelyn Martinez

Donald McKay School
Honoree: Wendy Booker

Wendy Booker is a talented person.  I am honoring her because she has MS.  She means a lot to kids and adults.  We really want to help her but we do the best that we can.  She climbs mountains to stay fit and to help with her legs.  MS is a disease that you don’t want.  If she doesn’t exercise her legs will be numb forever.  She climbs the seven summits and lots of people are with her.   

back to top

Jordy Baez

John Marshall School
Honoree: God

I honor God because every time I pray to him it comes true.  Today 9/19/08, in school, I prayed that my dad came to school and paid the 25 dollars to Mrs. Gooding.  When I came downstairs Mrs. Gooding said that he came and paid but if I did not have God with me, I would not have been in soccer and I would have been poor by now.  I honor God because he always takes care of me.  Once a kid named Bobby was going to beat me up but then I prayed to God saying to please help me escape.  When I ran, he ran after me but I was lucky because his mom called him in to do his homework.  I was so lucky that my real friend is God.

back to top

Kevin

Mather School
Honoree: My Mom

My mom is a special person in my life because she provides for our family.  She works to get money to get food and things for the future.  She cooks and cleans the house.  She has to work and work and work.  She keeps on working so that our family can stay together.

back to top

Lariza Haro Diaz

P.J. Kennedy School
Honoree: Benjamin

I would like to honor my cousin.  He is a lawyer.  He made me think about what I want to be when I grow up.  What kind of job will give me money to buy a house, pay for rent, clothes, and food.  I need a job that will give me enough money for all of that.  That is why I would like to honor my cousin.  He made me think about my future.     

back to top

Masseny Kaba

Joseph Lee School
Honoree: Mom

Who created me? Tell me the truth. I know it’s God but I didn’t come out of him. I came into this world not knowing how I was born.  I wonder to myself who, what, where, and why did God choose you.  Don’t ask me, I’m just a drooling baby.  I looked up to you everyday since I was a newborn.  It’s you that I honor.  We went through ups and downs but it doesn’t really matter, you gained your strength and you’re now much stronger.  This is a poem to you, to let you know I love you.  No matter if other things come in my way, you’re still #1 in my heart anyway.  I’ll never forget you because you’re the one that I honor.  

back to top

Nykia Butler

John Marshall School
Honoree: Grandmother

My grandmother was so sweet and nice.

I wouldn’t trade her for any price.

She stays in my heart no matter what.

Because when I was bad she would whoop my butt.   

That’s my grandmother for you.

back to top

Patricia Yaranga

Jackson Mann School
Honoree: Mom

The person that has had the most influence on me is my mother.  She has always been the light of my life and always will be.  When I came home crying because kids were bullying me, she’d be a shoulder to cry on.  Then she’d look me into the eyes and say, “They’re just jealous of you because I know you better that that.  If they are not, ignore them or stand up to them.  If you don’t they will keep bothering you.”  My mom is not just a mom to me, she is my friend.  She supports me though thick and thin.  She taught me things that were good and bad.  Sometimes she punishes me if I do something bad.  If she didn’t I would never learn.  I can always confide in

back to top

Reisha Gomez

Pauline A. Shaw School
Honoree: My Mom Gina

No one that I know

Can do what you do

I hope that you know ma

I’ll always love you

You brighten up my day

And make things better for me

I just want you to know

That you’re as pretty as can be

No one that I know

Can do what you do

You take care of me

And you good at it too

You make me feel warm

When I’m snuggled in your arms

You keep me away from hazards and harm

And I’ll always have you just like a charm

No one that I know can do what you do

Just to let you know

I’ll always love you

back to top

Ricardo A. Petion

J.W. Hennigan School
Honoree: Ricardo Petion

My father had many challenges in life but he was ready and prepared for them.  My dad is a man of action.  If he says he will do it, he will do it.  My dad came from Haiti but he built a great home and never gave up on himself or his family.  That’s why I’m here today.

back to top

Rosalinda Reyes

P.J. Kennedy School
Honoree: Grandmother

My grandma is nice and sweet like the candy that we eat.  She takes us to the park all the time.  She runs with us and buys us ice cream when we scream.  My grandma always says she loves me so much and I say that I love her too.  No matter where she is, she is still going to be in my heart day and night.  

back to top

Shanice Smalling Bobb

John Marshall School
Honoree: My cousin Nancy

I really admire my cousin Nancy.  Even though she is in a wheelchair, I don’t care.  She is a great leader and person to have in my life.  When I go to her house I have so much fun because she helps me get better at reading.  I would help her to at least try to walk.  When we talk, we talk about sports, TV shows, and funny jokes.  When I leave to go home I can’t wait to come back the next day.  I would always dream about how the next day would be when I am sleeping.  I heard she died last night.  My heart felt crushed and it hurts me very much.  To this day when I think about it my hurt makes me cry.  That’s who I admire the most.

back to top

Simon Acevedo

Donald McKay School
Honoree: My Uncle Umberto

My dad has told me a lot about my uncle.  My uncle’s name is Umberto.  He is a soccer player and a doctor.  He has inspired me and that is why I play soccer.  I’ve seen him play and he is very good.  I also dream to become a doctor because he told me that being a doctor feels good because you can help people and you can think of yourself as a life saver.  That is why my uncle is a role model for me because I look up to him and hope to do the same thing as him.

back to top

Tayshawn

Joseph Lee School
Honoree: Mom

My mom is a role model for me.  She teaches me what’s right and what’s wrong.  She loves me and I know because she makes me eat healthy.  She tells me to go to bed at 9:00 so I could wake up the next morning and go to school.  She is a great role model because she goes to college.  My goal is to pass all of my grades so that I can go to college.  She is the best mother-role model ever.  My mom can be strict but that’s how I like her.  You would learn a lot from her. I know I have for sure.   

back to top

Van Nguyen

Mather School
Honoree: Aunt

My aunt is important because everyday when I walk home by myself she takes care of me for a little while and then at 7:00 my mom comes home.  Sometimes I help her too by looking in after her son because he’s only 3 months old.  Sometimes I even get to give him his bottle.  I help her translate Vietnamese too.     

back to top

Yasmine Jama

J. W. Hennigan School
Honoree: Heidi Jama (Mom)

As I cry my soul out, she holds me tight.  She gets me though all the dark and stormy nights.  She comforts me even when I’m happy.  So I won’t get sad again.  With someone like her I don’t think there is a reason to ever get mad, scared or lonely.  You will always know that she is beside you like a great friend.  This woman I care for so much is someone that can never be replaced.  She is my mother.  She should be honored for all of her hard work.

back to top

Back to top