Ha. So, yesterday's post was fun. Eh?
I totally twisted the post to double as a challenge entry for the Crusade. It was tricky because there were "rules." One rule was to bury a lie within the post. Now, I *never* said the lie was within the dialogue. Many of you assumed it was. Now... you know what assuming can do... ha. JK
The lie was actually the word count. Since the post was limited to 300 words or less, I really had to pare it down. That was hard! So, I barely made it under the wire, and lied that the post was only 251 words. In case that wasn't a *good enough* lie (ha),I could also argue that I actually am a pretty good judge, and I do my best to judge everyone fairly and give them the benefit of the doubt. :) But, no one guessed either of these. So, I win. Right?
Anyhow, I wanted to let you know, that yes those two BOYS were judges. There are often a lot of YOUNG judges at these competitions. I can only assume (there's that word again) it is because the organizers can't find enough older people to volunteer, and they cannot afford to hire judges, especially with all of the budget cuts.
And, yes, that was the most interesting conversation I eavesdropped on... it was actually much longer, but I chopped out the middle where they went on and on about their "hot" debate and speech partners from their senior year in HS and how none of those relationships ever worked out for the long term, but they were great while they lasted.
Another conversation I eavesdropped on, this girl (probably 19 or 20) went on and on about how she was so upset for forking out $7 WHOLE dollars to send off a transcript to another college. Oh my! If that's her biggest problem... *head shudder*
The creepiest thing of the day was when a beautiful young woman performed a first person point of view interpretation of a book written by a serial killer. It was as though Satan had taken over her body. I wanted to cry and shake her at the same time. She describe in awful detail the first murder she ever committed. And, I read HORROR all the time. You'd think it wouldn't have bothered me. But it did. Because it felt so *wrong* for THOSE words to come out of her mouth.
Where is the teacher who approved that content?
Where is the mother?
... Okay ... maybe I am an unfair judge! Good thing I lied about the word count yesterday.
This young woman made it to the finals. My judging placed her third after her performance in the finals, but there were two other judges on the panel as well, and I don't know how they voted. We didn't attend the ending ceremony, so I don't know if she qualified for Nationals or not.
I thought the content was totally inappropriate. And, based on the instructions for judges, for that category (Dramatic Interpretation) we were supposed to judge the content for literary value as well as the delivery by the competitor.
Do you know what books your kids are reading? Do you know what they're turning in as schoolwork? Do you think it matters?