In the past year one of my friends taught me that no matter where you go or what you do, you should never change who you are for any reason. You may have a change of taste in music, but you should never change your taste of music just because someone you like listens to a different genre. You become the person you desire to be by following what you believe in. Thinking that you have to have the same beliefs as someone higher than you is silly, although you may follow someone else because you believe in the same ways. Believing in the same ways as someone else may prompt you to consider their opinions. Think about if you agree or not with the opinions. Following different beliefs may make you incapable of reaching your potential. If it is your dream to one day become CEO of a company, follow your dream. Even if you don’t become a CEO you shouldn’t give up your leadership goals all together. You can still be leader and believe in what you believe in.
Once again Eminent was a success and everyone had a great time! All the grade 10s did very well with their speeches and the grade 9s did a wonderful job hosting! Everyone put a lot of hours into their learning centres; they all looked amazing! The afternoon TALONS did an amazing job with their speeches and were a hard act to follow, but I think the morning TALONS did a great job also. I was very nervous because I haven’t taken drama since middle school and it is difficult to speak from another person’s perspective. I believe I worked hard to learn about Hailey and her life and this paid off because I really felt like I was Hailey on stage.
This year for my learning centre I wanted to do more than the tri-fold poster board and the model display I had the previous year. I tried my best to incorporate as much hockey as I could into my learning centre and make it as interactive and engaging as possible for my guests! I had a shooting centre, a hockey game set up and even put together candy cane hockey. Last year when no teacher visited my learning centre I was upset but I thought perhaps the grade 10 centres were priority as their centres were more grand and it was obvious they put a lot of hard work into them. I realize that it is difficult to visit all the centres in a short time period. However, this year I was very upset that once again no teacher visited my learning centre, even if just for a minute. I put so much time, effort, and money into my eminent project and learning centre this year. I had an extremely busy November with soccer and several field hockey events that caused me to miss school. Although I was extremely busy staying caught up with my missed studies, I spent a great deal of time on my project, learning about Hayley and putting together the finest details for my centre. I would like to include some pictures so I know that my hard work did not go unnoticed:
don’t even know how eminent is in three days… between soccer, field hockey, and all the other talons homework we’ve had, i’ve finally gotten the chance to work on my speech. if you have any comments i would appreciate if you write them below
here’s my eminent speech draft:
Eyes open and closed, all I saw was the color red, the pulsating of all blood vessels in my body, my heart skipping a beat as the blade of my skate skims the playing surface when I step onto the ice, scanning the crowd and spotting my son amongst the sea of American and Canadian colors, hearing the final words of the national anthem being sung with Canadian pride. I felt truly blessed to have the support of an entire nation and particularly my son. My son is not fond of hockey, so for him to come out and support the team and most importantly the country truly made me feel blessed. This was going to be a big game against the Americans as it always is, but the stakes were higher today. The team that wins this game wins gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. I wanted so badly to win this game, for myself, my team, and my country. We had a winning streak to keep alive, and we had to keep our Nation believing in us. Most importantly, we had to win for the many young female hockey players that look up to our team as role models. These young girls may one day aspire to become a team member and a representative of the sport and our country. we need to prove to them anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Back when I was young, people used to tell me girls don’t play hockey, but now it seems natural for a girl to walk into the rink with a hockey bag on her shoulder! Every child has the right to play no matter what their gender, where they are born or how much money they have. We will win this for those who don’t think they have the right to play, but they will; I’ll make sure of it. Puck drops in one minute, hope nothing hits the post.
Originally I wanted to study the Great One, Wayne Gretzky for eminent, but because of certain reasons I will now be taking on Hayley Wickenheiser. Now, I know no one is really the same or will ever be similar to Wayne Gretzky, to even try and choose a male hockey player with the same talent and contribution would be hard, but I believe Haley Wickenheiser is a really great female hockey player and has given back to her community a lot as well.
This year, both the morning and afternoon classes visited SFU for a field trip and library study. I went into this trip wanting to bond with my classmates and learn about university life. I really feel that I got to know a lot of people better than I did before and the tour we got of the SFU campus really gave me a better understanding of what life is like in university. I personally did not find any books related to my eminent person so spent most of the time exploring the library and trying to find information on my phone.
To document my experience I took some pictures! So here they are:
This year for eminent I am thinking about choosing The Great One, Wayne Gretzky! Mr. Gretzky was born on January 26th, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Growing up, Gretzky played minor league hockey at higher levels than his friends. Gretzky was very fast, had incredible skill, stamina, but above all his ability to read the game was unbelievable. Gretzky’s hockey career started in the WHL with the Indianapolis Racers in 1978, he was then traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Once the WHL had folded, the Oilers moved into the NHL.
From here on, Gretzky set numerous records including most goals, 1016, in 1487 regular season and 208 playoff games. He began his NHL career playing for the Edmonton Oilers, moving on to play for the Los Angeles Kings, the St. Louis Blues, and retiring with the New York Rangers in 1999. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 22, 1999. Gretzky now owns his own restaurant, has a summer camp, and his charity called the Wayne Gretzky Foundation.
Gretzky’s Restaurant in Toronto
This charity provides disadvantaged children the opportunity to play hockey. He also makes significant contributions to many other charities such as the Ronald McDonald foundation. Gretzky has become a role model for many young hockey players and helped to grow hockey in the United States, with teams such as Anaheim, Phoenix, and San Jose. Wayne Gretzky is truly a huge name a sports and the name to know in hockey!
I think it would be very fun to learn more about Wayne Gretzky, his career as an NHL All-Star, and how he has impacted the world of sport.