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5 PUPILS TO HELP GIULIANI RING IN 1998

Five young writers were chosen Monday to help Mayor Rudolph Giuliani celebrate the city's centennial by joining him in Times Square to drop the New Year's Eve ball.

"What better way to celebrate our past than celebrating the future of our city?" said Gretchen Dykstra, president of the Times Square Business Improvement District.

The writers, all 9-year-old fourth-graders from city public schools, represent each of the five boroughs that formed modern-day New York City in 1898. They were chosen after writing essays titled, "My Family, My City."

The students are: Karl Vetter of the Bronx, Ariel Rodriguez, Brooklyn; Dominique Miller, Manhattan; Diana Shen, Queens, and Randi Fisch, Staten Island.

This year's extravaganza will cost $525,000.

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