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Night of the Notables Reflection

The Night of the Notables began the moment I walked through Gleneagle’s front entry way at 8:15 am, laden with learning center supplies. My learning center was much more simple than last year, but also more effective. Here’s a couple of pictures, courtesy of the TALONS flickr. As for memories…well, there will certainly be a lot of them. Starting at lunch, there were some unforgettable moments. I will never be.. Read More

Inter-grade Interviews

This year’s interviews were definitely a different experience than last year. This year, I felt a bit unprepared for this whole “Grade Ten” eminent experience. I decided it would be best to talk to an alumni who had been through this to point me in the right direction. Luckily, the spectacular Sam Robinson was able to help me out. Her advice proved to be priceless and saved me a lot.. Read More

Final Speech Draft (Document of Learning)

So, as many of the tens know by now, the speech you present is constantly shifting and evolving up until the moment you finally present it onstage. After three days of memorization, and slight changes, and adding parts because “it felt right”, I ended up presenting a slightly different version of my last Eminent Person speech in TALONS onstage last night. Okay. Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting in.. Read More

Eminent Speech Draft #2

So this is my speech so far. It’s  notably less than the free-write earlier, but it is still a bit too long. I’d like to cut out about a third of it by Monday, so comments and feedback are lovely!   They’re coming for me. The FBI’s “Wanted” posters read “Angela Davis”, but sometimes it’s another black woman, unrelated to me except for our common oppressor. And what does this.. Read More

Eminent Speech Draft #1

Foreword: The first thing I did for my speech was pretty much a free-write. The free-write is below. I will be posting my speech draft #2, which will actually have a semblance of organization, in a different blog post. The transitions are in bold because I had already decided where I wanted to start and end, so those are parts that won’t change much. You’ll be able to tell that.. Read More

SFU Library Post

My purpose for the trip to the SFU Library was to get some more information about me eminent person, contemplate my post-secondary options and have some bonding time with my classmates.     “The library is a temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.”  – Carl T. Rowan It always amazes me to see the vast amount of knowledge and perspectives in libraries,.. Read More

Introducing…

Angela Davis: Political activist, scholar, social justice extraordinaire – and still going strong. Here’s a little background info about her life and rally for social and political change: Born 1944, currently 70 years of age. Angela lived in Birmingham, Alabama USA, an area well known for segregation and nicknamed “Dynamite Hill” for the bombings it went through. She grew up in a tight knit black community, surrounded by her mother and.. Read More

In Depth #7: Learning Centers

So, my learning center! Well… I think most likely I will be doing a presentation instead of a actual learning center, but I’m not quite sure how the sound system in the multi purpose room works. I’ll be asking around the grade ten classmates, probably Sean M., about how using the projector screen and sound for In-depth last year  worked out to figure out in more detail what it will.. Read More

The French Resolution

Fall 1793 It appears that these tumultuous times are drawing to a close – at least for now. Louis-Auguste has been executed, and rumours are circulating that Marie-Antoinette has been doing some horrible deeds: it is almost certain she will be executed. This effectively puts an end to the near-absolute power held by the nobles, royals and clergy. It is up to the Jacobins now to channel the general will into.. Read More

The French Get Feisty

November 1792 Fast forward from the last post – I have lived, died and have miraculously been able to watch over the events now happening in France. I was expecting the afterlife – heaven, the crème de la crème, right? Mais non! I’ve thought and thought for most of my life, so I am to stick around and think some more while watching these events. And the French, they have not been.. Read More

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