The fact that eminent is over already is unbelievable. I remember walking onto the stage and questioning if I was really, in fact, awake.

My speech went better than I could’ve ever imagined. It wasn’t perfect, but that wasn’t what I was expecting. I did actually slip up, but I recovered and continued. I was doing my speech out of muscle memory and my brain was going a thousand miles a minute trying to think of how to cover my mistake up. In the end, my speech was successful and I even had people telling me afterwards that they really enjoyed it and that it was powerful. I was anticipating making a mistake and being unable to continue, making a fool out of myself and just leaving the stage. This experience just shows that my practice did pay off and that I can achieve more than I think. This contributed to the completion of my IEP goal of improving my public speaking.

I think Night of the Notables is so far, one of the most memorable things for me this year. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such a great experience because I have never really been great at public speaking, but the feeling of being on stage and having so much power blew my mind. I will definitely remember the feeling of blinding lights shining on me, the feeling of so many ears listening to my voice, and the feeling that I was able to move people with my work.

I want to thank my class for being so supportive of me backstage, and thank all the people who believed in me! I would especially like to thank Mr. Morris for his hard work. This was his first eminent, and I think it was a great one.

It’s hard to believe that the next encounter with eminent will be as an alumna. Until next time, Night of the Notables.