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!
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.
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:
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!
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:
Above photos creds: Mom – Me showing off Teresa’s water bottle and my basketball court timeline.
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.
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?
Above left: Vanessa F./Nancy Wake; right: Katherine V./Julie D’Aubigny
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!