Its been over a week since the official Night of The Notables and I still remember every detail as if it were yesterday. Looking back on the experience as a whole, there isn’t a single thing I would change. It was like nothing I had ever done before and I’m very sad to see it come to an end.
At the beginning of the block four Mr.Jackson said to not wish the experience away, but to live in the moment and enjoy the ride. And I remember thinking to myself, why would anybody wish away such a special experience. Sure, my palms were sweaty and my heart was beating faster than it had before, but I wasn’t alone. Everyone else in the room was feeling the same sense of anxiety and nervousness and that’s what brought us together as a family. That’s what made this experience so memorable.
When the bell rang at 3:10pm, there was a frantic energy throughout the TALONS classroom as everyone put the finishing touches on their learning centres, but as the clock ticked down to 7:00pm people started to become quieted. Many, including myself, retreated to the mirrors
in the drama room to rehearse our speeches at a low whisper. The lights dimmed and time had run out. It was seven o’clock. I recited my speech over and over in my head until I heard my cue, “Nevermore.” It was my turn.The speech felt like a blur. My lips were moving, reciting my speech as I had a thousand times before in practice, and suddenly it was over. I was walking off stage immediately grateful I did not forget the words, and even more grateful to finally take off the four inch heels that were digging into my feet in more places than I could count. Overall, I am very proud of m speech and my costume, and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to share my hard work with such a supportive audience.
After watching the second half of the performances it was time for the learning centres. This year I channeled Lady Gaga’s most recent album Artpop, as a celebration of the album’s one year anniversary. I set up the locker bay as an art gallery with pictures of Lady Gaga and facts about her and her life. I also chose a piano for the centre because it was the instrument that got her into music in the first place. I am very proud of how my learning centre turned out, and I feel I did a good job balancing information and aesthetic. Personally, I think the Artpop brownies were also a big hit. They definitely drew in more people.
(NOTE: For pictures of my learning centre click here.)
As the night came to a close, and all the brownies were eaten, it was time to dismantle my learning centre and join my class in a closing circle. As I mentioned in two blog posts, my goal for this project was that, “I want to take this assignment as an opportunity to show another side of Lady Gaga that some people may never have seen before and all the things she has contributed to our world aside from her music. I hope that along with myself, everyone else will get a better glimpse into her life, and I can prove that Lady Gaga is indeed a very eminent person.” While I was standing there reflecting on that night I knew I was able to attain this goal within my speech and learning centre especially. There was a constant stream of people at my learning centre that I was able to share my work with, and show a new side of Lady Gaga that many never knew about. A surprising amount of people had never heard of her organization, nor her abundance of donations to different charities and causes worldwide. I was able to change many peoples perspectives of her in minutes, and that made this project a huge success in my eyes. I am very happy to have embraced the eminent persons project and taken the time to produce work I was proud of, rather than procrastinate till the last day possible. I hope to apply some of the skills I have learnt during this project to future endeavours and I am so grateful to be surrounded with such supportive people to help me along the way. Listening to others talk about their experiences made it that much more special just thinking of how we all got to experience NoTN together. If I could, I would do it again in a heartbeat.