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Let’s Get Wet from the Sun! – Library Field Trip 2015

I know, my title may seem a little abstract, so let me explain.

The concept of getting wet originates from my word that I chose to describe Night of the Notables at the end of the night last year, “splash”. This field trip and event was the beginning of your new project, a new year, a new person to study, and I am now getting wet from that splash we set into action a little under a year ago. The sun comes from two things, one, it was a beautiful day on our field trip this fall, the sun was out in full force from the get go and it stayed that way, but two, it is rising on the dawn of a new day, a new project, and a new TALONS.

This year the TALONS program has changed, it is different from all past years, as it always is I should say. Nonetheless there are some more major changes in place starting this semester, these include the facts that the grade nine learners are in a separate class to us now grade tens. Additionally, all of our courses are linear so for me this means that I will not have as significant of an amount of class time for this project this time around. However, the TALONS program is still the TALONS program and as awesome as it was before.

For me, this trip felt like the beginning, the start of something new, but also the same. It came at me somewhat unexpected, and upon the eve of the trip whilst I was planning and setting some goals for the following day, I felt a certain reminiscent feeling, nostalgic even.  I wrote this short poem quickly about the starting of our new journeys this year.

And so it is we return

survived the head rush and the sunburn

we now apply sunscreen

but this beach is still a first

there are new shells to be discovered

with new creatures whom which will make them filled

and all these pieces of sand

that make it so new to tramp on

we have begun our new expedition

uncovering treasures far and near

and on this very adventure

it will all be new what we do find here

for our last adventure is complete

but not anew one obsolete

we must climb our tall sand towers

and seek the drum of our heartbeat

for once again we reach the bell tower

ringing dull or ringing clear

but we must now move forward

and not bring with us any fear

(Sorry that’s kind of long with the extended spacing formatting of this blog, can’t figure out how to change that.)

I have come into this year knowing so many more people in the TALONS program, or new people from last year. In the short time that we have been in class together this year I have made many new and close friends, and this trip was a great bonding experience for those relationships. I was looking back at the photos from last year and some of my eminent posts, specifically the TALONS program picture from our field trip last fall, and I can say that I am now friends with almost everyone in that picture, closely, and I plan to be for a while, at least I hope.

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Some of my amazing new friends after getting off the bus. Nicole, Julia, Mira, from left to right.

Moving into this project, a piece of advice that one of my tens told us last year at closing circle, was not to try to make this year like the last., you can’t. And so, knowing that I didn’t know the nines as well going into this trip I had to accept that and try to take it as an opportunity.

I had some other more physical goals for this trip which included taking some pictures of the architecture ad the city, which I was able to do, possibly getting to know some of the nines more, and enjoying the solo spot. I succeeded in almost all of these and when I searched for books on my eminent person at the library, I was pleased to find one actually on her specifically, and her partner in action! Even better, they had one copy at the central branch, where we were going!

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The Vancouver Public Library building.

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TALONS faces from the end of my solo spot.

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Entrance to MacLeod’s Books store.

 

I picked these up along with multiple other books at both the library and MacLeod’s Books. As hoped, I very much enjoyed visiting MacLeod’s as I love books and old stores like that but I don’t often get the chance to check some of them out. I was very overwhelmed by all the amazing books at the library and MacLeod’s and how much love for books there is in those stores. In the library, I was completely taken aback by the huge section they had for the history of World War I and II specifically! It was amazing! It was also just such a cool feeling in the library as there was so many people there of all different walks of life. It really felt like it was a home bookcase to anyone who so chose to upon it.

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World War I and II section in the Vancouver Public Library.

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Me with my book on my eminent person in the extensive World War I section.

 

I think everyone really enjoyed having that sort of experience as tourists in our own town for a day and getting to experience many new things right where we live. The mood was relaxed and exploratory, if I had to describe it. I think because we’ve had a very chaotic beginning to the year, as per usual, and this was a good chance to step out of the normal activities and get a breath of fresh air, and also explore some new things for the enjoyment of it, as well as gaining some valuable information for our eminent person studies.

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Looking up from my solo spot, the city of Vancouver.

Overall it was a great day. Very different from last year, but that’s good, this is the start of a new project, a new year, and a new TALONS, and the sun is only just coming up.

(More pictures can be found on my Flickr page, linked in all of the pictures.)

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!

“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