Letters About Literature 2017 Level 2 Winner: Cynthia N. Onyiorah

hi my name is Cynthia Nora and today I'm going to redo my essay entry for letters about literature letters about literature holds essay writing competitions and this writing competition that I entered was based upon writing an essay – you're off to an OP that has impacted you in life with the book that they had the Seabrooke so I wrote my essay – Jessica call about the book 19 minutes I'm going to read you – oh dear Jenni pacol just the other day I was pondering about my life and the decisions I have recently made every day I am faced with tough obstacles that break me down diligently I tried to overcome them and be strong but do the course of my life I have learned that in order to succeed I have to dust myself off and keep going I've spent too much time playing my moments of weakness like a broken record in my head I dwelled on those limits rather than fixing the problem until I read your book 19 minutes I like Peter how to have been teased and verbally provoked at school my sixth grade year I remember going to my counsellors office roughly over seven times to report racial harassment I vividly remember being told that my skin was too dark being called a name that I never imagined I would ever be called this impacted my self-confidence and image I also started to view the world in a different perspective you can only look one way to fit in or be socially accepted being a female – Athena I'm going up in a community where there isn't much diversity made it very difficult to make my way through a day without having an offensive comment being tossed in the air I felt ashamed of the color reskin I would go home and crying to my pillow wishing for the prejudice to stop alone in tracked having no way to turn to and no body had talked to I continued my year miserably my family however gave me tremendous support through the drama but I didn't have friends who took my situation seriously they brushed off these occurrences and gave me a noise looks when I turned to them for help cruelly they were marked that racism happens everywhere there was no way to stop it and that's just ignore it I was backed into a corner but I problem crumpled like a piece of paper and thrown aside like it didn't matter in this exact moment I felt like Jersey corn near Jersey throughout the story is pushed around and told how to feel act I want to look like Jersey I unfortunately didn't do anything about the mistreatment an average of over 3.2 million students are victim the racism and discrimination each year all these students are oppressed for something as simple as color we're not given the choice to choose our race and ethnicity we should all be proud of the blood running through our veins and our skin tone at the end of the day our intelligence ambition kindness and perseverance will be the component set to find us your book helped me realize this the heartwarming wisdom written in bold text opened my eyes and unclogged to my ears I need to fight for what I believe in and put an end to the bullying children at school should be educated to treat others with respect daily bystanders witnesses torment and keep their lips sealed Josie felt pressured to fit in her social status is more important than Peter being picked apart each day for being different this ruins a relationship between her mom and potential friendships two people who would actually care about her every time she turned her back on Peter and let the bullying happen it pushed him into bringing a gun to school and doing what he did 19 minutes helps me make the right choice throughout the book several messages are conveyed that have shaped me into the person I am today such as social statuses and stereotypical judgment ruined self-image and that no matter how small the comment is if it makes you uncomfortable or upset you should take its ear seem reported I also learned that the at the end of the day bullying always has its consequence the way my shoulders was lifted and I could finally breathe again thank you for writing such a powerful book that made me realize that the girl starring back in the mirror is beautiful for helping me accept and love Who I am for giving me the opportunity to be able to discuss this with other children struggling for helping me comprehend that I'm worth fighting for sincerely Cynthia from New York this is my essay for the 2016-2017 letters about literature or letters to author essay competition I'm so grateful that I actually placed first place and State for this essay I would like to thank my parents my teacher for helping me push through and writing this essay that I hope will inspire other kids and help them to keep fighting and that it all be okay at the end thank you and I hope to see you again

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