Night of the Notables has come to a close, both for the year and for my entire TALONS career. I can’t exactly say I’m sad, but I definitely will have some very fond memories in leaving this night behind. Looking back at last year’s post, I can definitely see a HUGE contrast. (http://mimi.talons43.ca/2015/11/27/night-of-the-notables-the-rush-of-a-notable-night-and-everything-in-between/) Not only was my post incredibly short, but I didn’t have the element of the speeches to talk about in my post.
Pre-speech selfie + nervousness
Speaking of which, speeches were definitely the biggest component that separated this year’s Eminent from last year’s. There was an element of camaraderie this time around– last year, we were still trying to feel our way around, and get used to the idea of TALONS. Backstage was the most incredible experience. Amidst nervous pacing and everyone whispering their speeches to themselves quietly, there was a constant stream of words of reassurance and hugs. Everyone held their breath as Kaleigh started off the speeches, and we all showered her in compliments and compliments when she came off. It was an amazing feeling, being part of this group of amazing individuals; more than ever before, it felt like a family.
My actual performance was, in my opinion and to my standards, very good. I was very proud of myself for
Final bow and getting ready to watch the second half
sharing my emotions and speech with the crowd, and I delivered, for the first time in my life, a speech that I felt truly proud of. I remember vividly how as soon as I stepped backstage, I was greeted by tons of hugs and quiet, “You were amazing”s as we listened quietly to the next performer (and I tried to slow my heartbeat). I have to admit, the actual performance was not as terrifying as I had thought. It felt so quick, and the kindness and love shown towards me by my classmates backstage made the whole thing worth it. After that, being able to listen to everyone else’s speeches was amazing, and made me even more proud of not just myself, but of our whole class.
My learning centre this year was, to put it bluntly, WAY BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. Looking at some other centres, I definitely could have made mine better, but my goal for this year was to improve upon last year’s centre,
Misty Copeland and Cristina Yang
which is a goal I definitely achieved. My learning centre, which had a sort of dressing room vibe, was much better prepared than last year. I had a string of photos of Sandra Oh (in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Sideways”), a movie
poster printout (from her first role, “The Diary of Evelyn Lau”) I also had a large hand-painted chalkboard, where I had people write down something they’ve proven to the world, or something in their life that they’ve overcome. I had many people write down personal and emotional messages, and it touched me to see how much people shared for the sake of my project.
I stayed at my station for the majority of
Conversations with alumni
the night, making good conversation and asking and answering many detailed questions with the passerby. Occasionally, I wandered over to check out a few other learning centres, and was amazed to see not only the amazing, detailed displays, but the diversity of Eminent people we had chosen from. It was interesting to see the different Notables that people chose, and why.
10s, we’ve made it through one tunnel, and now we’ll keep on truckin’ through the rest of the year, but I know for sure that none of us will ever forget this Night of the Notables. 9s, we’re passing on the torch to you. I’ll be watching from the audience next year, and I wish you the best of luck.
Obligatory post-project squad photo
To sum it up, this Night of the Notables was so amazing, not only because of how much better my presentation was compared to last year’s, but because I was able to remember what it was like as an outsider watching our Grade 10s last year go through this, and how now, we have our own experiences to keep with us. The whole night was also not as stressful and rushed as last year. Instead of focusing solely on my own project and obsessing over every little detail, I helped out my friends, listened to their speeches, helped people with their makeup and hair, and took my time to talk to the other TALONS about their project; this year was more about the experience than having the perfect display. I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, as I had so much love, support, and help given to me by people on my speech, Learning Centre, and everything in-between. A very special thanks goes out to my interview subject, Mr. Paul Bae. Thanks to Kaleigh, Katrina, Andreas, Jiwon, Emily and Lucas for contributing to my speech, and to everyone else who took the time to read it. Thank you to Alan, Brian, Andreas, Jiwon, and Emily for helping me with my learning centre (WHICH DEFINITELY WOULD NOT HAVE COME TOGETHER OTHERWISE). Another thank you to Anika and Alan for using their block to help me paint. And a huge thank you to all the teachers and 9s who planned this night and made it possible.
It was such a great feeling to see how much our class has changed this past year, and how much we’ve matured. Now let’s go study chemistry and get ready for our next great endeavor!