Okay - I know you all have been sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to hear how the speech competition went Friday. Well... it was different from other competitions I've judged. For sure. Previous competitions, many of the teenagers were there (clearly) because it was a requirement of some sort. This competition was a national qualifier where scholarships are at stake and entry fees were assessed. So, it seemed, everyone in the competition was there by choice, and they were there to win it.
Oh. My. Gosh. Each and every competition was great.
Interestingly enough, we had expected my son (a Junior) to go pretty far in the competition because he's taken first place in a previous competition. However, he was "out" after two rounds. My daughter (a Freshman), on the other hand, we did NOT expect to go far (not because we're mean) because 1: she's a Freshman competing against some Juniors but mostly Seniors and 2: she recently performed a major overhaul on her "Original Oratory" piece. She was using this competition as practice for the next competition which she really wants to do well in. - - - She made it to the semi-finals!! Ah. It was so exciting! Of course, we were sad when she was eliminated, but it was so much fun!
I did not get to see either of my kids compete, because I was busy judging other competitions, but I know they did their best. *proud mama*
Anyhow... tomorrow, I will tell you some of the interesting conversations I eavesdropped on... so check back for that. It's one of my favorite reasons for attending these things. I'm totally immersed in the YA culture.
What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?