Monday, February 21, 2011

NFL - National Qualifiers - Follow Up

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?


  1. I can't wait to hear about the conversations. Congrats to your daughter for getting so far. How exciting!
    Weekend was good lots of revisions and beta reading.
    Hello fellow crusader and thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Sounds like the kiddos did a wonderful job.! Can't wait to hear about those YA conversations (did you pick up some good pieces of dialogue that are novel-worthy???)

  3. Please tell your son and daughter CONGRADS from your new writer pal. They should both be very proud.

    I can't wait to hear those conversations. I have learned that listening in makes for a great writer. *wink* Following you back fellow crusader.

  4. Congrats to the kids and I can't wait to hear about the overheard conversations!

    Christi Corbett

  5. That's awesome that they did so well. YA conversations are so priceless!

    By the way, you won a chapter critique on my blog!

  6. Congrats in your children, especially your daughter, success. Speaking in front of people is hard but add the stress of a competition too. Wow! That's tough. Can't wait to hear the conversations you overheard.

  7. Well now I will have to check back to find out about this conversation! Till tomorrow then. Oh and congratulations to both your son and your daughter. Yay!

  8. How interesting!!

    Fellow crusader, Following you back, thanks for swinging by my blog.

    The Survival Mama

  9. I feel Forensics would have been good for me, except I spent a lot of my high school time backstage in theater or singing in Madrigals. Both still boosted my self-esteem and confidence.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog! Following you back.

  10. Hello fellow crusader! Can't wait to read all about those eavesdropped YA conversations. Nice to "meet" you! My grandparents lived in Nampa for a few years - nice area ~ :)

  11. Margo, So glad to crusade on by and get to know you. I myself am a teacher, an elementary reading specialist with 4 years to go before I retire. I love it but am ready to spend more time writing and some tutoring on the side.

  12. Hey! Thank you for dropping by my blog and following! Congrats on your daughter, too! I am SO proud of her. It's wonderful to see such a young person with such passion--what a proud mama you are! <3

    We bought a cute, super fuzzy malemute part wolf mix puppy. She is bigger than my 5 year old kiddle!

    ♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

  13. As a Toastmaster member, I applaud your involvement!

  14. Oh wow; you judge speech competitions, for kids? That's pretty awesome. I'm glad your daughter did so well. I hope someone got video for you.

    Its good for the ego for a sure bet winner to stike out once in a while, but I'm still sad for your son. I'm sure it took it well though.

    Have a good week.