The End of Emine…- What?!!!!!

Where do I begin?

It honestly seems like eminent just began and I was deciding who to do. Well let me start there I suppose: I am so glad I chose Teresa! I don’t know how I could have done anyone else for my first and 1 of 2 eminent projects(nothing against my other prospective eminent people)! And yes, I am now finishing my first and one of only two eminent projects ever!

Me at the end of the night at my learning centre.

 

That’s basically a short summary of how I felt at the end of Night of The Notables: Sad, happy, sentimental, “introspective”(quote Emma F. for one word that describes the night). That’s basically it, it’s like total chaos for about 15 hours, and then you just have to do a bunch of posts and you’re done your project. It really is crazy, in many ways. But I loved it.

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Photo creds: TALONS Flickr

I loved every single part of this project: the posting, the night, the interview(aaaaaah – in angelic voice). It was… a splash! That was my word to describe the night. I don’t exactly know why I chose it, but I did. Maybe it was because some of the other words I had in mind had been taken when it got to my turn, or because I was just hyped and felt like saying a crazy and rewarding word. As I said, I’m not entirely sure. But as I also said, I do know something: I had fun!

On the night of, or should I say, the day of, it’s mayhem, but in a good way. Everyone is frantically reserving desks and furniture and putting finishing touches on their learning centres from the moment they arrive in the morning. I had my parents drop my learning centre stuff/materials/cardboard furniture/clothes, whatever you want to call it, off at lunch, because it was far too much to carry in the morning as I had basketball practice before school. They had to bring two cars to get it all to school, and I recruited a team of assistants to help me relocate the ‘stuff’ up to the second floor, where it would remain for about 10 hours. In the afternoon, and continuing after school, I began assembling my learning centre and putting on a couple finishing touches.

Here’s a few pictures of my learning centre coming together:

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After our allotted set-up time, we headed down to the MPR for Dinner. Oh, forgot to mention our record-breaking fast MPR set-up that happened immediately after school; truly, many hands make light work. The dinner was fabulous, and even though we had had a small technical difficulty while setting up the MPR, we remained mainly on schedule for the duration of the night, or at least what I though was right on time. On that note, I’d just like to thank the two phenomenal project managers, Mira and Andrea, for their crazy efforts over the course of the evening. They worked so efficiently and looked like real professionals, real professionals. Also thank you to all of the other grade 9 committees who ultimately hosted the event with great success.

Then, after any final touch-ups were completed on the amazing learning centres we headed down to the MPR again, to await the renowned grade 10 speeches. And let me just say, we had no idea how this would change our destiny.

Okay, I know, over-dramatic, but the speeches were amazing, and when I say destiny, I mean, I don’t know how we’re going to live up to those speeches next year, we ‘got big shoes to fill!

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Photo creds: TALONS Flickr – Afternoon tens after speeches
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Photo creds: TALONS Flickr – Morning tens after speeches

 

I was lucky enough to help out holding up a sign for Lyle/Emma’s speech/performance. I say lucky, because I got VIP access backstage during the morning speeches, and I was also allowed to be inside the theatre prior to the performances before the audience loaded. This was a great experience and I think it will help me in preparing for next year. I really got to see how intense and nerve-racking the speeches truly are for the grade tens on the night of, but I also got to feel all the amazing positive energy going through the room beforehand. Something that I thought was really special and nice, was that before the audience entered the theatre, all the tens, morning and afternoon, got into a big huddle, and collectively gave support to one another. There wasn’t a single leader of the group, they just all huddled up and came together, not just physically. This reminds of how on a team, I’m thinking basketball, but any really, you’ll huddle up before games and at halftime and other breaks to hear each other out, support each other, and get pumped up as a group, a team, a unit. Being backstage during the morning tens’ performances, I saw that unity. I think that’s something really special about TALONS, and also the middle school program that I was in(MACC), you become much more than just a class with your classmates. Some would say, you become a family.

I think with the fall retreats gone, this event was huge for bonding within the TALONS family and coming together as one. It was amazing seeing everyone’s unique and creative learning centres that were all so different but interesting in their own ways.

My learning centre turned out very well. I had a lot of fun putting it together as it is something I am very passionate about, and it was very easy for me to talk about it with the many visitors I had to my station over the course of the evening. They all seemed very intrigued by the remarkable success and magnitude of her career at her height, her perseverance through staying at home and her crazy full-time job, and her outstanding dedication to the game over so many years. I had my interview documentary playing on the right of my learning centre(facing it), and on the left I had my home-made player locker. The locker housed a replica Team Canada jersey signed by Teresa herself in person, a SFU Women’s Basketball T-shirt, and a replica Canada practice jersey, along with basketball shoes also signed by her, and a water bottle taped and labelled the same as the national team. On the ground I had a, almost to scale, basketball half-court with a timeline of some of the major events of her career along the three point line. Lastly, in the centre on the wall, I had my title reading “Teresa Gabriele #5” and some Team Canada posters, one of which is signed by Teresa and of her and another player. Here are some pictures of my learning centre in full swing and me presenting, so you can get a feel of my little Teresa Gabriele world found in the far left corner of the second floor of Gleneagle Secondary on December 3rd:

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Photo creds: Mom – Me talking to guests at my centre, notice the projector cart matches theme

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Above photos creds: Mom – Me showing off Teresa’s water bottle and my basketball court timeline.

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Above three photos creds: TALONS Flickr, but I believe Jess SL. (TALONS alumni) actually took these three. Thanks Jess, they’re great photos.  The first one: Teresa’s locker; The second one: my interview video playing; The third one: me standing at my station at the ready.

Note:  I wore a Team Canada T-shirt given to me by none other than my eminent person.

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And then, that was that. It was all over. I packed up my learning centre reluctantly after running around to some of my fellow TALONS family members and giving them hugs due to sentimental splashes in my mind (ahh, there’s that word)and the sadness that I won’t again be a part of the night of the notables with the current grade tens with them as grade tens. That this was also the first and only grade 9 version of eminent night to be experienced by me, and first and one of only two to be experienced by me as a current TALONS learner.

I managed to capture a few of the grade tens’ amazing costumes in picture at the end of the evening, and can we just take a minute to appreciate them?

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Photo creds: TALONS Flickr: Jamie F./Shane Koyczan and Vanessa G./Angela Davis

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Above left: Vanessa F./Nancy Wake; right: Katherine V./Julie D’Aubigny
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Emma F./Frida Kahlo

 

And another lovely photo of three amazing people in the TALONS family after the night: Katherine, Karolina, and Emma M.  IMG_0921

 

Well I really could go on forever probably, and include more and more pictures of the night and all the outstanding notables and notable students, but unfortunately just as this project, and the sun setting over SFU(see interview doc.), this post must come to an end.

I guess my narrations in my interview documentary aren’t inaccurate, as I can now look at ‘the end’, as not the end of this particular project, but rather my whole eminent experience across both grade 9 and 10. And that is fortunately still a long ways off.

You’ll notice that I tagged ‘moment’ on this post. But in reality, eminent was much more than just one moment, but really a collection. I gained so many things from this project, connections(as mentioned in interview post), experiences(night of the notables and also mentioned in SFU post along with much more), and they all came together to make one big splash.

A splash in school, a splash with friends, and a splash in my life.

Thank you again so much to everyone who helped me in this project: Teresa, Allison, Mr. Jackson, Ms. Mulder, Mr.Albright, my fellow nines and my amazing tens.

As a grade 9 I thoroughly look forward to next year, but as I look back on this year’s project I’m happy with how I didn’t take the grade 9 experience for granted, it’s half of your eminent projects after all. I wanted to make the most of it, and I did. It was certainly a success, but as I said in my interview documentary, it’s not over yet, however I will be saying goodbye for now.

So as this year’s project comes to an end, and I finish my last blog post, now this being symbolic of the sun set rather than vice versa, I say:

Anne – Teresa Gabriele eminent person – over and out – splash!

Eminent- Teresa Gabriele -biBLOGraphy

     Below are most of the websites or sources that I used to obtain information on my eminent person, Teresa Gabriele. As you will see, I didn’t use very many websites or physical sources for this project. The reason for this is that I had a lot of existing knowledge on my person, and I also received a lot of my key information from my  two prodigious interviews. However, the sites listed below were, in most cases, extremely useful, and I would recommend most of them for any future research on Teresa Gabriele.

 

Picture credits: Canada Basketball

 

http://www.basketball.ca/files/Gabriele,_Teresa.pdf

This was the first place I went for my information. It was also thanks to Allison that this became very readily available to me, however, you can find it on Canada Basketball’s website or through this link. It is a highly useful and information filled biography that has all the stats and records from her international career with Team Canada and also some highlights from other parts of her career. It will give you all the straightforward information you need.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/07/canada-elminated-womens-basketball_n_1751724.html

This article from the Huffington Post I found very special and touching. It features several interviews with multiple national team players including Teresa and Allison(head coach) following their elimination in the quarter-finals at the London Olympics in 2012. I also used this article for some special insight in my speech.

http://sfuwbb.wikispaces.com/home

This link will take you to the SFU Women’s Basketball Wikispace. I found this website highly useful in obtaining information on Teresa’s university career. You will find record lists and team lists as well as a helpful ‘Accomplishments’ document with information on the many awards Teresa received at SFU.

Win the Day, is a phenomenal video put together of the Women’s National Team at the Jack Donahue International Classic in 2012, leading up to the Olympics. I was actually at the first of the three games and you can spot me in this video. It is a great film that highlights the work of the team and I have watched it many times!

I could go on for a while about that film, but I won’t.

http://olympic.ca/team-canada/teresa-gabriele/

This is the link to the Canadian Olympic Team website’s bio of Teresa. Though it does supply a picture, this is not a particularly useful website. Most information is brief, can be found elsewhere in more descriptive context, and I’m not sure if it is all entirely accurate.

http://www.burnabysportshalloffame.ca/05team.htm

This brief article provides a nice snapshot of her senior season at SFU and their run to a championship. It also shows one of the many awards she and her team have received for that season.

http://athletics.sfu.ca/index.aspx

Information on current SFU Women’s Basketballl coach Bruce Langford, who coached Teresa in her senior season of university, and Teresa herself, via the Hall Of Fame page, can be found here at the SFU Athetics website. Both contain useful information on Teresa’s career.

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I have chosen not to make this my last post, but rather my reflection, as I feel that is the best place for me to close out my thoughts, to the extent that they can be closed out, about the project.

I hope this biBLOGraphy can be useful for any further research being done on this outstanding athlete in the future.

“Ain’t it fun?..Living in the real world!”

“Ain’t it fun?.. Living in the real world…”

     This is a quote from the song ‘Ain’t It Fun’ by Paramore. I thought it would be appropriate as I have been having so much fun with this project. Speaking to the second part of the quote, my interviews for this project are prime examples of real life and real world situations. Both obtaining and completing the interviews were great experiences for the project and for me.

     I had a ton of fun conducting my interviews, and yes, you will notice that ‘interviews’ is plural! I was extremely fortunate so as to get two amazing interviews for the project. The first was with Allison McNeill, former head coach of the women’s national basketball team for 12 years and coached them to Olympics in 2012. Allison has coached and known Teresa for a very long time and has seen her develop over the course of her career, so this was a great perspective and voice to hear on my eminent person. I also did my speech from Allison’s perspective, so this interview was very useful in putting together my speech and the opinions within it, and my speech wouldn’t have been the same without it.

     The second interview, wait for it … Was with Teresa herself! Allison was able to help me get in contact with Teresa and I was fortunate to get an in-person interview with her as well.

    One intangible per-say that I really thought I gained from  this experience, was not only learning about my eminent person for the sake of the project, but also just learning about someone so amazing, who I can really take away my new knowledge of to my own life. Teresa has long been basically my idol in basketball, and it was a truly inspiring experience hearing from both Allison and Teresa about her career and their perspectives on basketball. This being said, I really gained so much more than just conducting the eminent interview. Forming another new connection in the sport, even though I’d met Teresa before, now when I see her at events, the only thing I say to her won’t be “Can I have your autograph?” for the millionth time, cause I totally don’t already have it on like a million things(sarcasm).  And also, just forming another connection, and getting more experience, in the community in general.

     I filmed both the interviews, and put them into a kind of semi-documentary. Unfortunately, I had some technical difficulties and it was not uploaded sooner, so a couple of the narrations are somewhat inaccurate in certain ways. I also had to cut it up into parts so that I could upload the whole video. I apologize for any video glitches or awkward cut-off questions, and I also realize that the video quality isn’t particularly great. However, they are up there for you to see.  These are my first Youtube uploads ever, hopefully they work out! Enjoy!

P.S. Even if you don’t watch the whole thing, as it is quite long, please watch the ending(around the last 3 minutes) as I am really proud of them, and you will get the connection when you see/hear it. But also, please watch these amazing interviews, with these amazing people! Thanks

Thanks again to my amazing interviewees:

Allison McNeill

and

Teresa Gabriele