This afternoon, I attended the Speech Preliminaries hosted by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. Our very own Melissa Lentine was one of the speech finalists! Now, let me get this out of the way: I was not an unbiased observer. But let me be clear: Melissa's speech was AWESOME!
Out of six finalists, Melissa's speech was the only one that conveyed a message of hope and personal empowerment. As Melissa put it, we can make simple changes to our daily routine, like purchasing 100% recycled toilet paper, which can make a big difference...one sheet at a time.
The other five speeches, which included topics such as drunk driving, teen driving accidents, and human trafficking, left me feeling a bit hopeless and depressed. (And well, one speech was bizarre; I'll just leave it at that.)
So congratulations, Melissa, on a job well done!
P.S. I'm still decompressing from BagFest. Once I've mentally and physically recovered from this event, I'll share my thoughts and personal experiences with you. :0) M