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Sydney Monroe
Age: 11

7th Grade at Hackley School

A hero is someone who makes a change in everyone he or she meets. Raoul Wallenberg was one such hero who has proven that one person really can make the difference they want to see in the world. He left the quiet safety of Sweden to make a difference in the war-torn nation of Hungary during World War II. He had taken on the difficult task of rescuing the Jews of Budapest in 1944. He risked his own life to save thousands of others in need. His selfless attitude and outlook on life is what makes him special- it makes him a hero.

Raoul Wallenberg is certainly a hero, but many other people during that time were, too. They all had a choice and voluntarily helped others in need of a better life. When I was in 2nd grade, my classmates and I had put together a toy drive for the nearby children’s hospital. The look on the children’s faces when we gave each a new toy was indescribable. I knew right then that we had made an impact on their lives, and just the fact that we were thinking about them mattered a lot. Raoul Wallenberg probably felt a similar pride and heroism each time he brought a new Jew to safety that I felt giving toys to little kindergarteners. Just acting on your sympathy can make you a hero.

Having a special person that you look up to as a hero might inspire you to become your own hero. Having a certain person that you admire can motivate you to become a hero for someone else to look up to. My dad used to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City. It was for kids who were sick with cancer, who could not afford a place to live while in New York City for treatment. Hearing his descriptions of the smiling children when he came to play with them made me want to make that kind of a difference in someone’s life one day. It was touching, my dad had said, how appreciative the children were of the little things that were given to them, such as a teddy bear or a doll, things that I usually take for granted. My dad, my ordinary dad, was Superman to those kids. He was their hero.

Being a hero isn’t something you are chosen to be at birth. Each of us can put in effort and time to change the world. It’s not like Superman, who had his whole life planned out for him. We hold the reins on our lives and take charge the way you wish. Take Raoul Wallenberg’s story. He is the perfect example of how our lives can the way we please. He had his whole life planned out, because his family had a long line of bankers, and he was pressured into being one too. But he did not bow down to his family’s wishes, and instead found himself becoming a hero to over thousands of people. If we follow Wallenberg’s example, one day it could be you or me standing up to the world and making it a better place in our own special way.



People have to make their mark on the world, one way or another, good or bad. Raoul Wallenberg made his unique, and it is one that we shall always look up to as an example of heroism and selflessness. One day, my mark on the world will, too, I hope, be unique and special. We should all look to our heroes for inspiration, as we try to change the world in our own special way.
Sydney Monroe
Age: 11

7th Grade at Hackley School


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