Today, the very first day of Writers Week, I was delighted to see a wide variety of writing from the students. Patrick Haugh an Isiah Sanderman both had extremely powerful lines in their pieces, and both were so talented. My other favorites during fourth hour were; Hannah Downing and Conner Pozzi. I admired Hannah's ability to open up about her embarrassing sweet 16 in Disney. As for Conner, his piece about his love for Arby's was truly memorizing, just like the actual Arby's sandwich he had for display!
During 4th hour, seven students presented poems and stories. My favorite was Conner Pozzie's piece on a tragic addiction to Arby's told by a middle aged woman. Aside from the female perspective, I think his confusing and misleading piece was relatable. I too share the love for fattening foods and experience food comas and cravings. In the end, the woman drinks bleach and comes to a realization of her addiction. I like how straightforward he was, saying that he had no underlying meanings, he just wrote what was in his head. I think stories can be like that, and can require no analysis to be enjoyed.
The student speeches fourth period today where all very good. While I can't say I like poetry much Patrick and Isiah did a very good job keeping me engaged. All and all though my favorite presenter of the day was Conner Pozzi. It was obvious that he was trying to make the funniest and most entertaining story possible and he succeeded. While I can't say there was much of a moral to it, the change of pace it offered is what makes writers week so amazing. One presenter could be serious and the next could be as silly as possible, and yet it doesn't feel like either option is out of line.
During sixth period, I saw Graham, Eric, Nicole, Will, Anusha, Caroline, and Brenna take the stage. While I believe it was two people who did not sing, but instead gave an amazing oral work/speech (Graham and another), the rest also gave some amazing musical displays.
During 6th period, there was a lot of talent everywhere from writing to music. I felt that everyone did an amazing job but I felt Nicole's performance stood out to me. The part that stood out to me was that you should help out if you can in the world and give it what you got. I felt that what she did for the children with cancer was really nice of her and cool too. Also I liked Graham's comedy speech!
Seeing Simone Elkeles was a great start to a great Writers Week XX. She was witty, interesting, and a very down to earth person. Granted her books don't seem like they would suit me, but it was cool to hear a lot about them anyway.