This past week and a half has been a flurry of award ceremonies and work.
On the tenth, I had a Gold R awards Ceremony. (My high school’s name starts with an ‘R,’ if that makes the name of the ceremony and award more logical.) To qualify, a senior must have had a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher all seven semesters of high school. In turn, all of the qualifying seniors picked a teacher who had made an impact on them, influenced them in some way, or was just a great teacher.
I picked my French teacher, who I absolutely adore. I couldn’t not pick her – I mean I traveled halfway around the world with her for seventeen days. Right before we received our award, we were told to make a small speech about why we chose our teacher.
Note: I hate public speaking.
The Gold R ceremony was combined with a different academics ceremony, so there were probably 200 people there. I was internally freaking out and was trying to practice what I was going to say before I got on stage and had to speak. Which sort of helped, though once I got out there I only managed to say about half and babbled on for the other half. I think I did alright, but at the end my voice got a little squeaky. :blink:
Altogether it was really nice, and we posed for a few pictures afterwards. My French teacher is one that I don’t want to forget and I’m really going to miss her after I graduate.
On the fifteenth, I had my National Honor Society Investiture. This was a bit more formal and was held in a large lobby at my school. They had constructed a stage and set up tables before it (we kept comparing it to the Golden Globes :P). We would have held it in our auditorium, but our group wasn’t big enough and we would’ve been dwarfed.
We wore white graduation gowns and had a few teachers act as guest speakers. They spoke about the pillars of NHS: service, character, leadership, and scholarship. We then received blue collars to wear at graduation and were officially inducted as members of NHS.
On the sixteenth, I had the President’s Education Awards Program but I wasn’t able to get the night off so I missed it. But I ended up receiving the plaque and pin today – I just missed all the food! Which everyone knows is the best part.
I think all of these events have finally made me realize that I’m about to graduate and move on with my life. A couple of months ago, this thought made me really nervous. But knowing which college I’m going to, having committed, and received multiple scholarships (totaling $10,500 for my first year! so happy for that!) I’m really ready to move on. And my sister is currently moving into an apartment and helping her get situated has been fun because in the back of my mind I know that this will be me in about four months when I head off to college.
One month left and I’ll be graduating! I have a few more ceremonies (as if there could be any more x_x ) and quite a few field trips. Plus Prom is Saturday. I’m just altogether really excited for this next month. My job kind of sucks, but I definitely feel like everything else is going just the way it should be and it’s going to be freaking amazing.