Thursday, June 14, 2012
Then we worked with the stage manager to determine how we would set up and deal with mikes. The final decision was to NOT use mikes as they would take up too much room and confusion. We also found out that adults would be allowed to help with set up. We were the only group with a massive backdrop and props for the recitation of the poem.
As the 4Hers (and parents) waited for the performance to begin, it felt as if we were in a storm. There was a constant rush of emotions as we worked out the issues that arose. We were so thankful to get the performance underway! I have always said that the contests are harder on the parents as we attempt to stay calm and help the 4Hers, we also want them to do their best.
However, today we were able to see the best performance of our group! They performed well and showed honor to our flag and country. I was so proud of them all! They nailed every line and could be heard clearly from the back of the room. We also decided we should recognize the importance of the poem, as it was presented on Flag Day. Caleb added, "In honor of Flag Day, please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance."
We then chose to go off campus and find a sit down restaurant to have lunch. We found a Chili's and had a nice leisurely lunch enjoying each others company. Then headed back to the room where the awards would be given. It was pretty early but also nice to talk and relax without rushing to another event.
The results were in by 5pm and we were not told how we places as only the top ten were announced. I know the team was disappointed (as were we) but we should be proud of being a part of the best of the best at the state level. The storm shown through for a little while as the 4Hers had different ways of dealing with the disappointment, but they bounced back and know that they accomplished a lot in the last year due to this competition. We also had the opportunity to share the experience with a wide range of audiences and will continue to do this throughout the fall. I did find out that Stephen (the son of a good friend from College Station) placed second in his contest, playing The Storm. I wish we could have heard him playing!
Aaron Watson concert on campus.
So tomorrow we pack up and set out on a slow trip down south of here (Alpine) for a WHEP contest. I cannot wait to tell you all about that experience as it unfolds so stay tuned.