Saturday, March 16, 2013

Districts

My district competition was yesterday. I one 1st in both of the contests that I'd entered (might be because my group was the only one competing in that category :P). Since I'm the district president, it was my job to present the awards to people. The leadership awards were at 7 and the skills awards were at 7:30. In between there was a guest speaker/judge that I had to introduce.
The beginning went off fine, but when I tried to say that was the end of those awards I forgot the word leadership. I was like "so that's it for the llllll...........," I looked at the person next to me and my mind went blank. The audience eventually figured out what I trying to say and helped me out.
We had ended early but the principal told me to keep going. So I announced the speaker, the applause ended......and the speaker wasn't there XP. I went through the skills awards that I had, but some of the people who were getting awards weren't in the room because we started early. When I went through the awards we sent everyone on a 10 minute break while we waited for the rest of the awards.
When we came back I announced some of them again. I was told to let a woman come up and talk when I reached the fantasy manikin contest. I made it to esthetics and the woman almost came running up to speak. Apparently it was one of the contests that she was giving prizes out to, and I had been misinformed.
I finished up those awards and we had to go on another 10 minute break because some of the contests were still being judged. We came back AGAIN and the guest speaker was finally there. When I finished this round I thought we were finally done, but apparently cosmetics and some computer competition was STILL being judged. I didn't know this so I tried to end it and halfway through my little goodbye speech someone started whispering in my ear and I announced again that some contests weren't done yet. So, you guessed it, ANOTHER 10 minute break.
The last time I came up and started talking I thought that this girl in the front row said "hey, you suck." I turned to her and started getting defensive about having to come up in front of an entire room of people when nothing was done yet. The look on her face was alarmed and kind of scared and she said, "I just said 'hey, what's up?'" I felt really stupid and told her what I had heard her say. The entire front of the audience started laughing and I felt so ridiculous.
So the awards ceremony went one for about an hour longer then it should have. But on the plus side, afterwards I got to go to Sweet Frog to celebrate my win.

When I got home I noticed I had a call from my behind the wheel driver. I had told him that I wouldn't be driving that day because of my competition all week, but somehow he had forgotten. So today when I got into the car I had to explain to him how I did in fact tell him all week, and it was his fault that he was sitting outside my house with no one home.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Days of Strangeness :P

Today was one of those really weird days that at first seem really stressing but then gets really good.
I have a district competition on Friday at the tech center. There is a boy there, Tyler, who is competing with me. Today he came up to me and said that he couldn't come because he has a senior movie day at his high school that he'd promised to go to. I'm not allowed to compete alone. The only other option was for me to join three boys from a different school, and were competing in a different section. This didn't appeal to me very much.
Then my teacher said that she could ask another girl, who just happens to have the same name as me, who might be able to come in and replace Tyler. She goes to Tyler's school and his girlfriend knows her from chorus. We made Tyler text his girlfriend, then text the girl to see if she could come. The only issue was that she wouldn't be able to come in until late into the competition. I was fine with this, because I was ready to do the work on my own anyway, and we were the only people competing in this section.

Later during the same class the entire dental class came into our room. Last week we had to deal with a lot of paperwork stuff for this video contest we're entering. I kept having to go back to the dental class and eventually the teacher got annoyed and snapped at me a little bit. She felt really bad about it and got me this giant balloon to apologize. It was a giant smiley face with a party hat, and it was awesome!!!! Everyone who saw me with the balloon thought that it was my birthday :P
About an hour later I was trying to get a picture taken with my balloon for an art assignment outside in the senior courtyard. The string came loose on the balloon and it flew away. The string was in my hand and the balloon went over the building. My friend was actually more upset than I was when it happened. "First I lose my boyfriend, and then you lose your balloon. This day is just horrible." Then whenever she saw the picture of me and the balloon she would look so depressed and say how she missed the balloon already.

This afternoon I was taking my behind the wheel lesson. There is another boy in the car with me and we had to take him all the way out of town for a competition. Today's lesson was about turning, so of course I ended up on the longest, straightest road in the county :P. We got him out there on time and then I had to drive all the way back to pick up the next group of kids because we were so late. The boys we had to pick up were at a gas station, and my teacher bought me a soda when we got there.

So this day was really out there, but really fun. Now I just have to get through Friday, where I will be running all over the place and trying to get a competition done at the same time. Then I get to host the awards ceremonies (yes, there are multiple awards ceremonies) and try not to crash and burn on Saturday when I go to a lunch with my future college.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Breaking Point

On Wednesday my photojournalism teacher quit his job......Have you ever met someone that you just know that you can learn a lot from, if you're willing? This teacher was involved in so many things; newspaper, yearbook, journalism, photojournalism, morning announcements, and he was the sponsor for our new film club. And now he's gone and everything's a mess (I know he's not dead, but it feels like it because I'll probably never see him again).
They told us that he left because of family issues. But I think that he just couldn't handle teaching my class anymore. He had the class designed so it was more about what we wanted to do. We could do any project we wanted as long as it had some sort of significance. He wanted us to take interest and love photography.
But the kids that were in my class.....just....didn't care. They never turned their assignments in, they would talk constantly in class, and worst of all they would be downright disrespectful. Everyday our teacher would try to teach us about photography and art, and there would always be this murmuring sound, like rodents scurrying, in the back of the room. During the teacher's lectures they would only become interested in something that had nothing to do with the lesson. One of his lessons was about constructivism, and the only thing they got out of the lesson was that the teacher doesn't like going to Chick fil A.
The teacher would constantly tell us that we need to turn in the work. He would try to make jokes and be sarcastic about how apathetic the students are. He was one of the few teachers that was not afraid to tell us that our generation is doomed to failure unless we change.

One of the girls told me the day he left that during class, instead of writing the photo analysis that had been assigned, she wrote an analysis about his teaching. The way she described it made it seem like it was his fault for her inability to learn. Because he is always talking about how disappointed he is in us.

Yesterday was our first class without him. I was called out of the room to help fix some glitches in the morning announcements room, and this is what I came back to. The students in my class were basically interrogating the substitute; asking him what his girlfriend's ethnicity was and whether or not he believed that marijuana should be legalized. 
There is this one girl in the class, a tall skinny blonde girl, who is the loudest of them all. Another classmate was trying to say something and she started yelling at everyone to be quiet. I couldn't help but say something; "Oh, because you are always polite and quiet when someone is trying to talk.".... The room went cold.... Her response was "I know that you're sad that the teacher left, but get over it. He's gone." The class then went on to say how they were glad the teacher quit. They all hated him because he was "mean" to them and was always "insulting" them (apparently telling them the hard truth is insulting).
The class then realized that I had been out of the room a few minutes ago. Apparently they had all decided that they were all friends now and they played an introduction game. They all went quiet and told me to start talking. But I refused to play their game and I was called "salty" because of it (apparently this was meant to be a burn of some kind).
At that point I realized that the teacher was the only reason I had remained in that class for so long. I went down to the office and asked if it was too late in the year to switch out. I was told that it would be put as a failing grade, an incomplete on my report card, and would go onto my transcript that I dropped the class. My guidance counselor said that she would ask my administrator if it would be possible, considering my situation and all.