I arrived at Lavonya DeJean Middle School promptly at 5:40 ready to go to work. I didn't really know what was going to happen except for the fact that I was supposed to give a speech. Don had sent an e-mail out a few weeks previous to this date with an attachment listing the people supposed to give speeches in front of the School Board but my computer (as being its stupid self) was unable to open this attachment. So until about 3 days ago when I received an e-mail from my chaperone suddenly explaining that I was to give a short speech to the School Board. There aren't many things I dislike in this world but let me just say the public speaking may be the one thing I hate most. There have been many experiences in which I was supposed to give such a speech, yet because of this loathing I was unable to deliver. Unfortunately, this is the ILC and I couldn't possibly refuse. Time to man up and face my fears... right?
I'm the second one to arrive (after Kevin) and after talking to our chaperone Alana for a bit she informs me that not only am I giving a speech but that I'm going to be the very first one. Charles Ramsey, President of the School Board, announces that the meeting is starting and we take our seats for the longest two hours of my life. After a short time of rearranging the meeting's list of priorities the ILC has been moved to the top of the list, and with it my speech. We are all called up as a group and Alana gives a speech detailing the trip and what she thought about the program and how much opportunity it provided us all. After a good speech like that how can I follow up? She names us off and tells them which program we're going to and after she says my name she invites me up to speak.
|Don't let this cool facade fool you, I was scared...|
Jusqu'a la prochaine fois....