Hi 6th hour!
Today at Writers Week we saw the following student presenters: Julia Dirkes-Jacks/Luke Madden; Esther Shim; Amanda Fleischmann; Erica Machuca; Daniel Classon; Abigail Iuorio; Sofie Palumbo; Emma Albrecht
Choose at least three of these writers and write about what you liked best about their writing/presentation. Give specific details from their presentation to clearly illustrate what you liked/admired. “She was good” is NOT enough of a response here!
Again, read what people ahead of you have already written about and see if you can come up with something new as well as responding directly to what people have already written.
You have until Monday (Feb. 29) at noon to respond to today's discussion post.
1. One of my favorites was Emma Albrecht because of how lively and confident she was even though she was sharing a potentially humiliating experience about peeing her pants. I loved the fact that after she had peed her pants, she held her head up high and laughed it off. I know that if I were in that situation, I would not have reacted the way she did and I would never speak of it. I also liked how she prefaced her writing by telling us that she’s prone to accidents because that foreshadowed her accidental peeing and it increased the suspense as we waited to hear what mishap had happened to her.
2. I also enjoyed Julia and Luke’s presentation about their height problems. I liked that after their debate, they decided to team up against the short girls and the tall guys, the people who fit into society’s expectations. They acknowledged that they both were at societal disadvantages because of their heights and they didn’t need to compare who had it worse. I also liked the format of their presentation because it was unlike all the other ones that I have seen and I felt like it helped keep people’s attentions.
3. Another presenter I liked was Sofie Palumbo and her story about her driving test. I liked how she was able to incorporate song lyrics into her piece and how that helped set the mood. Furthermore, I admired that she seemed confident singing onstage, which can be a pretty difficult thing to do for a lot of people. I also feel like many people can relate to her topic and the stress that comes with driving tests.
1. I liked Sofie Palumbo's presentation. It was very humorous due to her excellent delivery. She was confident while up on the stage. Her speech was well paced and conversational and easy to listen to. Her story was about her driving test. It is a common story among teenagers since most of up get licenses. She was very nervous about her test, and her supervisor was a cranky old man. Her nervousness made her almost failed. I admire her ability to look back on a difficult experience and turn it into a funny story.
2. The Julia Dirkes-Jacks and Luke Madden presentation was very entertaining. It was a funny skit about their height difference. At the beginning, Luke is wearing normal shoes and Julia is wearing heals. They try to get close to each other levels, so Julia takes her shoes off and Luke stands on a backpack. I really enjoyed their acting skills. It made the performance much more enjoyable. I thought that that their commentary on height stereotypes was very informative. I am a moderately tall person, so I don't feel prejudice for my height, but now I feel bad for people who are overly tall or short.
3. I enjoyed Emma Albrecht's story. It was funny because it was an extremely embarrassing experience for her. I admire her courage who came out to hundreds of her classmates and told a self deprecating experience. I probably could not go onto a stage and do what she did. Also, she seemed very confident during her presentation.
1.) I loved Julia Dirks-Jack's and Luke Madden's "argument" about the problems faced from being a very short boy vs. the problems that come with being a very tall girl. This presentation was my favorite because I can relate to everything Julia said because I too am a 6 foot tall girl. They talked about their everyday struggles and debated about who has it worst. Luke’s argument ranged from not being able to reach the highest shelf to not being able to find a prom date, while Julia’s included being taller than most boys and not being able to wear heels. Not only did I appreciate the light humor incorporated, but I loved how between laughs a very important message was told. The message was that people should not be judged because they do not fit into the normal standards. Everyone is different and the “norm” should not exist. I also liked how at the end they talked about the importance of positive body image.
2.) Another student whose presentation stuck out to me was my good friend Abby Iuorio’s. I loved hers not only because of the sarcastic jokes, or even because of the funny backstory, but because of the positive message she spoke of. Abby told us about how she had influenced so many lives just by starting a phrase that somehow everyone started using. She shared that everyone has impacted the world at one time or another and that everyone brings something different to the world. Without everyone, the world would not be the same. The phrase she started was “trynna” and even sometimes I find myself using it. Because of her speech, now I’m “trynna” see what my mark on the world is.
3.) Last, but not least another student’s presentation that I enjoyed was Emma Albrecht’s. I really liked hers because of the courage she had to share an embarrassing story in order to give us important life advice. The story included her peeing her pants in a store in the mall when she was seventeen years old. I loved how she was able to get through this incident by laughing about it and not taking it too seriously. She informed us that no one should ever take their mistakes too seriously because it is better to laugh them off and learn from them. Emma possessed great stage presence and I feel that everyone enjoyed her presentation.