Thursday, February 21, 2013

Essay Awards Ceremony For Alex - Patriot's Pen



Song:  Illusions

Artist:  Thomas Bergersen



We have just come back from an award ceremony
at a local Elk's Lodge. 


Alex posing in front of one of the Elks in the ceremony room of the Elk's Lodge
(we must really get some nicer clothes for Alex...however...
he is growing so quickly...he soon outgrows whatever we buy for him).


We had arrived early and were awaiting dinner.

The local Veterans Of Foreign Wars had sponsored two National essay contests.  
One is for High School Students...and one...
The Patriot's Pen, is a contest for Middle School students 
(7th and 8th graders...Alex's category - Alex is in the 7th grade).

The awards ceremony also included awards for the Teacher 
and for the Police Officer of the year.

As described in an earlier article...
we were only told that Alex's essay had won 1st place at the local level
when we were first contacted last week.

When we got there...
the leader of the local VFW post told me that Alex 
had not only taken 1st place at the local level...
he had taken 1st place at the Regional level...
and he had placed 2nd in the State.

While they were going to present his 1st place award for the local level on this night...
they are going to his school next week to present his other two awards
 in front of his classmates.

As the 1st place winner...
they had Alex read his essay in front of the audience
(the High School 1st place local winner had also read her's).



(The man sitting down on the left (in the suit)...is the Police Chief)

Alex reading his essay to the group from the podium.
He had done a masterful job in the delivery of his essay.

His pacing and vocal projection were excellent.

He had also delivered his speech while maintaining
 excellent audience eye contact throughout.


Alex receiving his awards.
Alex will also be receiving a total of $500.00 for his placements.


The winners of the essay contests.

The young man in the red shirt was the local 2nd place winner...
and the young lady was the local 1st place winner for the High School category.

Alex was the 1st place winner for the Middle School category
(again...1st place Local...1st place Regional...and 2nd place in the State).

Alex had not only gotten the certificate...
but a plaque and medal for his Regional 1st place...
and for his 2nd place in the State as well.

All three winners are from Alex's school...
Coral Academy of Science.

The staff of Alex's school are going to be so proud of all three of their students.

Alex just missed the Nationals...
and getting a one week all expense paid trip to Washington D.C....
and a chance at prize money in the thousands of dollars.

There is always next year  :)




Although Alex doesn't outwardly show his great pride in himself 
(he is naturally very humble)...
I can see his suppressed pride and happiness...
and perhaps most importantly...
I can see how motivated he is to study more and to enter more contests.

On the way home...
Alex had said how much he loves learning, his school, and his competitions.

When we had gotten home...
I stressed that his study habits are the key to his achievements.

When a child studies everyday...
he naturally does well in school.

When he does well in school...
he loves testing and demonstrating his knowledge...
and learning even more to constantly improve himself.

Contests for Alex are a way for us...
and especially for him...
to gauge his path, and rate of travel...
on his academic journey.

Competition is also a great motivator...
as it provides immediate objectives to conquer
as he strives towards his goals.

I cannot stress this enough...
competition is what all our children are going to face in the world...
once they exit school.

Competition prepares them for the Intellectual Combat they will soon face.

Daily studying is the path of the Intellectual Warrior.

Through daily studying...
he will develop his discipline and drive...
and hone his weapons of war.

Through self discipline...
he will learn to master his greatest opponent...
himself.

Through self mastery...
he may then learn to master his world.

Great happiness and deep satisfaction in life then become
a foregone conclusion.

These are, after all, the ultimate goals in life...
yes?




4 comments:

  1. Second in the state - very well done!

    Alex has certainly shown much self discipline and is well on his way to self mastery.

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  2. Just a year ago Alex was just learning how to write an essay. He now loves writing them. He now correctly sees them as a creative process within a structured outline.

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  4. Thank you for your comment and for stopping in. Alex feels really good about his essay.

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