Hard Work and Pursuing Your Dreams
AISHA FARIA PAREDES, GRADE 5, STRATHCONA ELEMENTARY
When we had to write speeches in the classroom, I was very excited. When I told my parents, they were too. I could not find anything to write about in the classroom. But one day I was sitting in my room and I figured out what my whole speech was going to be. After that day, I read my speech over and over.
Then the day finally came when we had to do the speeches in the classroom. Only three people from each class could compete in the school competition. So, I did my speech and got second place in the classroom because I received the secondmost votes. When my teacher called me to ask if I wanted to do my speech in front of the whole school, I said yes because I was super excited!
So, I kept practicing until the day that I had to do the speech in front of the school. As I was waiting to do my speech, my stomach felt really weird. I was one of the last people to go. I was a little bit scared because some of the students there also had very good speeches. Then we had to wait even more for the judges to decide who was going to the next round of the competition.
The judges finally came back in and they revealed who was in third, then second. Since the judges had not called my name yet I thought I was not going to place in the speech competition, and I was also a little bit scared because only the first-place winner would get to proceed in the competition. Then they announced first place and they called my name!
I was super excited to be going to the next speech competition. The day before the second speech competition, I thought I had lost my cue cards because I could not find them. Well, I had not lost them, I had left them with my teacher. PHEW!
The next day my throat was bugging me, which was not good because I had to do my speech. But I pushed on because I really wanted to win the speech competition. I was a little bit nervous to be doing my speech in front of a new audience but my experience in front of my school helped a lot.
I finished my speech and, once again, when the judges called first place I heard my name. I was so excited not only because I got first but because this time I earned a gold medal. My mom was nearly crying that I was able to go to the finals. I could not wait.
When I got to the finals held at the HWDSB Education Center, I did my speech and I did not hear my name get called for first, second or third. Then my teacher and my parents started talking to the judges who said that I almost got third but they decided I should get fourth. Well, even though I did not win, I was happy to have gone to the finals and overcome my fear of public speaking.
My speech about hard work and pursuing your dreams helped me to not give up on doing my best.