The End of Slavery

We Canadians love to see ourselves as the nicest people on Earth. We say sorry for holding the door open for too long, and we stop cars to let a squirrel cross the road. However, looking back on our history it is evident to see that we we’re not always the nation of the nice that we are now viewed as. As shown by an article on our history of slavery, you can easily see that although we eventually righted our ways, we we’re once just as corrupt as any other nation on this planet may have been. Looking further into this event, we we’re not even the ones that decided to end slavery. It was the slaves themselves who began to end the terrible oppression they were being put through.

“Enslaved Africans fought against being taken and held captive in Africa, fought against enslavement while in slave ships and during their confinement before sale and once they were sold. It was through these acts of resistance that some slave owners had to reconsider the slave system, the independence of Africans and why they would not accept this status. Their resistance brought into question the ways in which people thought about Africans—they were bright and capable and not content with slavery.” (BlackHistoryCanda, Abolition of Enslavement)

I decided to look into this article since it goes against everything that we believe in today. We are now a country that is proud to support multiculturalism, and we take pride in not judging people by the colour of their skin, or which place of the Earth they came from. I feel it is important for people to understand this part of our past since it shows that although we were never perfect, it also shows how far we’ve come as a nation. Relating to the question I posed in my previous post, this is a great example of us working towards a world that is better for everyone to live in, rather than just trying to improve our technologies so that we can get faster downloads and view cat videos in a higher resolution. Although this event does not include working towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle, which I outlined in my question, it does show that we have been able to work towards making our world a better and safer place to live in. With any luck, people can look back on our history of slavery and learn that it IS possible to make a significant change in our living conditions, even if you feel like you are given the same respect as a slave. Those slaves that were looked down upon ended up being the ones to make a truly drastic change Canada and North America.

This article also ties in with the PLO B1, which focuses on Candian society in terms of gender and ethnicity. African slavery plays a large role in this, since not only was it affecting how people of dark skin were being treated, it also affected how the rich could live their daily lives when they had the support of slaves to facilitate their living. The African slavery had a large impact on how Canadian society from years past is different from what it is like today.

Where are we going? Where have we been?

There’s no definite answer to the question. Everyone’s perspective will be different, as everyone will have different values and a different approach on life. However, in broad terms, I think it can be said that as humanity, our goal is always to progress and become better. We may not always have a clear goal of where we’re going, but we can always know that the goal is to make ourselves better. For instance, in the 1900’s humanities biggest step was to become an industrial civilization, and develop new technologies. In this time, we we’re going towards a new age with improved technologies to support ourselves. Hundreds of years ago we were progressing towards an age where we weren’t just fighting to survive, but instead we had time to think and invent. In our present time, at least some of us are trying to progress towards a new age where we rely less on resources that harm the world around us, since we’ve recognized that with the way things are going, we’re going to destroy ourselves in a short time span.

As to where we’ve been, really all you can say about us as a race is that we’ve been to times where we were far inferior. We were not always the big fish in the pond, dominating over every other species on the planet. Although we soon became that apex predator, we were still going through times where we were not as advanced as we were today. We had not crossed the seas to explore the world, we did not always have means of transportation over water and air, and we did not always have IPhone to google the answer to everything on the planet. We have, as a race, been through times in which we may not have been as advanced, but we still strived towards the goal of becoming a better species.

On the other hand, you could answer the question as an individual, rather than looking at the whole race. Personally, I think that I am going towards a goal of leading a healthy lifestyle, and being able to learn and discover as much as I can with the short period that I have to live. A human lifespan is incredibly small compared to how long the earth has been around, so we need to be able to make every minute of it count. This can include travelling the world, learning about new subjects, or even spending time with those that you hold close to yourself. I’m not quite sure what I want to do in my life just yet, but I know that every day I wake up, I’m always striving towards achieving as much as I can with how little time I am giving.

However, I’d still like to know what is why we keep progressing this manner. We could be working towards making the world a better place for all, but we’re still only trying to make ourselves better. we have started to work towards for ecofriendly technologies, but there’s still a long ways for us to go.

In dept post #4

During the past two weeks for in-depth, I have begun working on time signatures with my mentor. For those of you who don’t know, a time signature is two numbers placed at the beginning of a song, which indicate how many beats are placed in each bar. For example, in a 4/4 time signature, there are 4 beats per bar, and each quarter note is worth 1 beat. In 3/2 time, each half note is worth one beat, and there are 3 beats in a bar. It is important to choose the right one to fit your melody. Generally, 4/4 is the most common time signature since it is versatile and easy to read. ¾ is also very common, but, only works for certain melodies. A time signature such as 2/4 would only be common in songs such as marching songs. Time signatures such as 12/8 are hard to read, and therefore aren’t used all that often. However, they are still used in some odd songs that require the beats to be sub-divided be three (each single beat can be divided into 3 parts, rather than the stander 2 or 4). Upon asking whether it would be better to try to work in a 12/8, 3/4 or 4/4 time, my mentor said that 4/4 will generally be the best since it is versatile and easy to use. When asking why this would be ideal, he explained that the large majority of songs use this time signature since it allows you to play in either a swung or straight-eight rhythm without any difficulties, and because we listen to it so much, our braings will usually think up melody ideas in a 4/4 time signature anyways.

However, I must still learn how to use the other ones. To do this, we have taken songs that use some of the more complex time signatures, such as 12/8, and have begun to break them down into smaller pieces. For example, in a 12/8 song, you need to look at each note as being 3 beats. There are then 4 of these 3 beat notes, so instead of a standard quarter note being viewed as one beat, you must count one quarter note plus an eighth note. This can get complicated, but after working through it for a while, it becomes relatively easy.

We also began to work on a new technique for writing melodies. This involves taking the chord progressions from a previous song, and writing a new melody over top of it. Upon asking what the benefits of this were, my mentor answered that this is very helpful since the chord progressions will already be well laid out, and the rhythm section won’t be as hard to create. Instead, you only need to be coming up with a melody, rather than an entire song. Although I may tend to value originality in music, it seems that my mentor places some of his values in improving what has already been done. The way he sees it, there is no point in re-inventing the wheel. He explained that many artists take old songs and build off of them, since it allows them to focus more on aspects of the song such as the melody, and not have to spend too much time working on the rest of the song. Although I still wish to make original compositions, this does make sense to me.

 

 

In depth post 3: generating melodies

During the past two weeks, I have started to take the first step in creating a song: Writing out a melody. This has been harder than I expected, since although it is easy to create one in your head, it is much harder to get it down on paper, and even then I’m often not satisfied with it and will end up starting over again. To facilitate things, I worked with my mentor on ways to create a fluent melody with much more ease.

The way we ended up doing this was to go back to doing some more transcribing. This time, I didn’t have to write everything out, but rather just listen to a large variety of different melodies and pick out some key aspects that I liked. Afterwards, I would have a much larger arsenal of ideas that I could use to write out some melodies of my own. This process is very similar to what we did in the past, with writing out the melodies and chords from other songs to learn patterns and similarities.

The issue that I’m now faced with is that on one hand, I’m trying to start writing out some of my own melodies, but on the other I am also supposed to be working on transcribing melodies. All of this is also placed on top of playing music for jazz band, so I have ended up with a rather busy schedule. To work around this, I have developed a plan to alternate each day focusing on a different topic. This will mean that I can spend equal time on all the topics without having to be over-burdened every single day. I have also started to work on playing a bit more piano in order to facilitate some of the music creation, as the piano is much easier to use when it comes to composing a melody. Hopefully by the next blog post, I will be able to have recorded a melody that I can begin to build off of, rather than just creating half of one and then scrapping it to work on another. After this, I will be able to start working on building a chord structure and rhythm section.

Working with my mentor has been a bit difficult as of late. I was able to get in one session near the beginning of this blog post period, however he left on a three week vacation so I will not be able to meet until the end of the next blog post period. For now, I will just be working on my own little projects towards building a song, so that I have enough material when he comes back that we can have a solid working session. Until then, I will work on getting one of my own melodies recorded, as well as transcribing some of his assigned songs. Hopefully I will soon have a complete song beginning to form.

In depth post #2: Chord structures

No matter what the genre may be, every song has a chord structure to be played off of. Chord structures are the most essential part o making a song, without them the song would be hollow and have no shape. A chord structure is either the first or second part of a song to take shape, the other option for the first would be the melody.  A chord structure is essentially the order and length of how a series of chords are played. These chord structures often follow patterns, which can be easy or hard to identify. Once the chord structure is in place, it dictates what can be played over top of it. Only certain notes can be played over top of each chord, so the melody must fit the chord structure, or the opposite way around.

Writing a chord structure can often be a difficult task, especially if you do not know many of the common patterns. However, this can be made much easier by doing exercises such as writing out the chord structure from other songs, and learning the patterns that other artists use. This is what I have been working on with my mentor. He assigned me a song called All of Me, and my task is to write out the melody and chords. This may seem relatively useless to some, but the trick is that after having done this for many songs, I ill be able to easily identify patterns that can be put to use in my own songs. Writing out the chord structure and melody just from hearing a song is also beneficial due to the fact that it forces you to play the notes of the song just by having heard them, which greatly improves your playing abilities, and also allows you to write out your own melodies in the future with ease.

So far the hardest part of writing out these chords has been identifying which chord variation it is. For example, a C chord would be the base of the chord, the simplest version. You can also add the seventh note of the C scale, which would change how the chord sounds and make it a dominant C7 chord. The can also drop the seventh by one half step on the scale, which would make it a regular C7 chord. You can also drop the 3rd note one half step, which would make it a C minor chord. These combinations are vast, and for me they have been hard to identify. One of the hardest parts of it has been telling the difference between a raised or lowered 7 in a chord variation, since they both sound very similar. However, with some work I will eventually be able to tell the difference very quickly.

Working with my mentor, I have found that we disagree very rarely. I have seen him play at professional concerts, and he knows what he’s doing, so I don’t often question him on his teaching strategies. No matter how tedious they may seem, i have seen a great improvement on my playing abilities through the use of his teachings, so I do not often question him. The only time i may disagree with him would be things like identifying a chord, where sometimes I may believe it is a different chord than him. However, in the end,  he is usually able to prove me wrong, which is not surprising due to his decades of experience transcribing and playing songs. Even then, our discussions usually fit more into the differ category rather than blatantly disagreeing, since I know that his point of view is almost always extremely valuable.

Some of the things that I agree the most with him have been his transcribing exercises to improve my song writing abilities. It is clear to see for me how it is beneficial to be looking at how other artists write their songs. Painters will look at other artists to see what techniques they use, so it seems obvious that it would be beneficial for me to be doing the same.  However we still do have our differences. The most prominent example is how much effort I am able to put into some of his assignments. He plays professionally, so he puts a large amount of effort into his music.  However, i am very busy with school and sports, so I am not always able to put as much effort as eh would like into my music studies. Although this may slow down the process by a bit, we are still able to work around the time constraints by spacing out lessons so that i have enough time to complete any assignments he may give me. To do this, we discuss during our lessons what timeline could work bet for both of us, so that we can make it work around our schedules.

Challenges Questions

Tension:

-How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation?

In a stressful situation, I fin the best way to deal with any stress is to not try to argue people’s ideas. If someone were to come up with an idea that you found to be a bad idea, generally I would just let it slide for the time being until the stress was gone, then I would attempt to talk to the person about ways to improve upon it. If you try to collaborate when everyone is under stress, arguments will break out and the environment becomes more destructive rather than productive. It is usually better to try to aid others when everyone is calm and focused.

Frustration:

– What should you do when you find yourself following a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?

If you encounter a leader who is relatively ineffective, the first option is usually to contribute to his ideas so that they can be more effective, however sometimes the leader could be ineffective and stubborn as well. If this is the case, I would usually try to collaborate more with those on the same level as me, rather than attempt to change the ways of the leader. Ideally the leader is open to suggestions, and those who he/she is leading will have an equal say in the ideas produced.

Multi-hat:

-List the different “hats” that you are currently required to wear?

Currently, I have a relatively wide variety of hats. First i have my school work hat, which requires me to be ore focused than usual. I then have my “work” hat, which I use at my job, where I must act much friendlier to customers, and always be putting in large amounts of effort to get tasks completed. I also have my “music” hat, which allows me to be more relaxed and creative. I also have my “relaxing” hat, which allows me to tune out to the world, without having to worry about tasks that I need to have completed. This hat is only used AFTER I’ve completed everything that I needed to get done.

Ego:

– What ideas, products, or services provided by your committee/quad are so important that you would allow someone else to take credit for them even though you contributed?

Last year in the food committee, there are a few jobs that I helped out in that I would not take any credit for. First off was scheduling and planning the shopping trips, since although I gave my two cents the bulk of it was completed by the co chairs and chair. The next one would be planning out the meals, since although I gave suggestions for foods to eat, I was not part of creating the ingredients lists.

Fulfillment:

-In the past have you put your team above your own personal success?

This one is 50/50 for me. When the task is a large one that the whole group is involved in, I will put the success of the team in front of my personal success, since I realize that I could not complete the task at hand if I were alone. However, when it comes to completing a group of small tasks, I will put my personal success in front of others, since all the tasks can be completed easily on your own, and do not require a group to complete. In this case, everyone should hopefully be able to complete the tasks on their own, without the assistance of group members. This is only the case when the tasks are small and very easily, since usually committee work involves large tasks that should be done as a team.

Vision:

-What would you rather do: see your own vision put into action and come to fruition, or help others fulfill theirs? Explain.

I’m also 50/50 on this one. I think that there should be a balance between the two. This is because if you are always focused on assisting others in completing their ideas, you can never have any of you own. That means that there’s a large amount of unused knowledge that could create incredible ideas, but it is never put to use. I think that everyone should try to balance between working on their own projects, as well as helping others complete theirs.

Influence:

-In what  ways have you experienced the influence challenge?

I found that the biggest challenge I’ve had with the influence challenge is people who are leading you that are biased. For example, the person leading may have two people below them: one close friend and one person that they just consider an acquaintance. It is very likely that the leader will give more benefits to the close friend, and leave the coworker with the harder work and less benefits. This is difficult because if you are below them, you have a lower influence and cannot change how they are treating the two people. I have found this to be a very common issue when you have a low level of influence.

Leading Myth Questions:

Myth One:

-Do people need to possess the top title to achieve results and help others be productive?

Simply put, no. The top title person at the top of the ladder may often get the credit, but they’re only as strong as those who support them from below. Any common worker can achieve results, for example a low paid mechanic could think of the next biggest breakthrough in Eco friendly transportation, or perhaps their knowledge could assist someone else in finding ideas for their own project.

Myth Two:

-How do you become the person you desire to be?

In order to morph yourself into the person you want to be, sacrifices need to be made. If you want to get fit, you might have to cut out some TV watching time from your night in order to go to the gym. You also need the motivation to change your ways. Old habits are hard to break, and it takes a lot of effort to change them so that you may achieve the goals that you are looking for.

Myth Three:

-Do you automatically follow you “boss”, or do you sometimes question his or her direction? Have you ever supported someone who did not have an official leadership title?

If you blindly follow your boss everywhere he goes you’re bound to fail at some point. No leader is perfect, and all leaders should learn to take suggestions from people working for them. For example, my own boss is an incredible bike mechanic, however when it comes to technology I can blow him out of the water. When it comes to fixing bikes I would almost never question his ways, but when it comes to maintaining his website I almost always suggest ways to improve or simplify his ideas. Because of this, the end result has had two people working on it, and is much more polished. It is also important to support those who are on the same level as you. For example, one of the other employees at the shop I work at is great with customer service and finances, so I often end up taking his side when there’s a dispute between him and the boss about what they should do about a situation.

Myth Four:

-What prompts you to consider another person’s opinion?

I’ll almost always take into consideration someone’s opinion if it’s something fresh that I haven’t thought of yet. If it’s an idea that I’ve already run by in my head, or I already know that it can’t work, I’ll usually pay it no mind. However, if the idea is a creative one that I had not thought of before, it is important to consider it in case they have noticed something that i may have missed. This way, we can create a much cleaner end product when multiple minds are working to catch all of the details.

Myth Five:

-To whom to the chairs in a committee answer?

The chairs answer to the product managers, the teachers, and everyone in their committee. Although committee members may not get final say, they should still be considered equal to the chairs. The chairs are just “facilitators”, who organize the group and plan out events. All or the ideas that they get should have contribution from other members, meaning they are no more important than the others. They may have more influence over ideas, however to be a good leader they should not try to elevate themselves over other members of the committee. To me being a chair would mean helping organize the ideas of others, rather than attempting to make every decision by yourself.

Myth Six:

-What am I capable of achieving? What would reaching your potential look like.

Alone, I cannot achieve a whole lot. I can’t run a business with no employees, and I can’t become an Olympian without the help of a trainer or coach. Alone I could work an average paying job, with a two floor house and a family of four. However, if people collaborate, they can create a million dollar company, and have more money than they know what to do with. A great example is Bill Gates, he founded miscrosoft along side other programmers, and it was their collaborative effort that founded what is now one of the world’s biggest companies.

Myth Seven:

-What are the prospects for your getting to the top of your committee, of someday becoming the leader/chair? what is your motivation for reaching the top?

I personally want to become a chair so that I may I have more of a voice when contributing ideas. This is not because I want my decision to be final, but rather because last  year I noticed many small details that were overlooked, which could greatly improve everyone’s experience on the Adventure Trip. However, as a member I was only able to contribute to certain aspects, and I was not part of the smaller groups that worked on each aspect of the committee. I would like to become a chair/co-chair so that I can help out with more aspects of the trip, so that the details that I noticed can be put into play, rather than just sitting in the back of my head.

In Depth 2015 Intro Post

For this year’s in-depth project, I decided to look for a project that would utilise skills that I already have. I came up with a few ideas that wouldn’t be too difficult, and a few that I couldn’t do due to finances. However, I was able to settle on an idea in the end. My plan is to do music arranging, which utilises skills I already have for playing bass, guitar, and some piano. Another upside to this is that it will be a great help to me in the future. If I do pursue any form of music, having experience with arranging songs will help me in all aspects. I’ll have more knowledge in chord structures, scales, solos, melodies, and rhythms. Essentially, learning how to compose songs will assist me in every aspect of my musical career.

The greatest part is that this will cost nearly nothing. I already own an upright bass, electric bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and a piano. The only issue would be recording equipment, but that’s a concern for the future. For the time being all I really need to focus on is getting to know the basics.

I already have some ground to work off of; during lessons for upright bass, I was assigned to make an arrangement for a song of my choice, using only the bass. This was about a month ago, and I completed it in a few weeks. This gives me some knowledge that I can build off of, since it was the simplest form of arranging a song. Because it was only on bass, I didn’t have to worry about layering instruments, transposing for different instruments, or writing a melody. All I had to do was add an intro, learn the existing melody, and do a solo. All on an instrument that I was already comfortable with. For the in-depth, I will have to learn more about guitar, re-learn the piano, and possibly even get a few friends from Jazz band to play parts. If I were to get other people to assist me, I would have to write out even more parts, and transpose them to fit the key of each instrument.

I will also have to learn how to record and layer music, since in the project I did on bass, it was played live rather than recording. This wouldn’t work with more instruments if I was planning on playing more than one, or have a melody at the same time as a rhythm section. This means that I will also have to study recording music, which adds a whole new element to the project.

Although it may be a bit daunting to me right now, I’m really looking forward to this year’s in-depth. With any luck, I’ll actually be able to come up with some ‘good’ music to present. I’m not planning on just doing original songs or remixes, but rather my plan right now is to make a few original songs, and also do a few remixes of popular modern songs. I’m taking inspiration from a group called “Post Modern Jukebox”; they take modern day electronic and pop songs, and turn them into old style music. Whether it’s 1930’s jazz or barnyard bluegrass, they’re able to take a song that frankly makes me want to implode my own eardrums, and turn them into something that I can actually enjoy. With any luck, I’ll be able to do something even fractionally as impressive.

Eminent Interview

For my interview during this Eminent project, I was able to contact Devon Ross, a science teacher in our District. This is the general answers for the questions I asked.

1: Do you think that Bill Nye has made kids in our district or beyond more engaged in taking science courses?

Not necessarily just Bill Nye, but rather any form of entertainment in teaching can make it more engaging. It runs much deeper than just Bill Nye himself, for example shows such as the big bang theory have an impact as well, and also big stories in the news about science such as the comet landing.

2: Do you think that Bill Nye’s teaching style has had an impact on the methods of teachers in our district or beyond?

Not just Bill Nye, but in general many teachers can learn from observing others, and expand their own repertoire. Bill Nye is one example, however there are many more that teachers can learn from.

3: What teaching methods would you personally recommend for teaching an engaging science class?

Anything hands-on, interactive, that requires critical thinking which allows students to find which strategies are most effective, in addition to being able to have teaching strategies at different levels to cater to many ages and levels.

Night of the Notables Reflection

It’s over. It’s finally over.

I just can’t seem to get that thought out of my head. In the days leading up to the night, time flew by faster than I could I realized. However, in the hours leading up to that momentous moment on stage, time slowed to an agonizing crawl. I must have rehearsed my speech at least forty times in the moments leading up to the speeches. Somehow last year it all seemed to take too long, but this year the set-up time seemed too short, even though it was nearly the same. Whilst trying to assist others with their large items, my learning centre was only complete with about five minutes to spare.

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Although these moments seemed much too fast, as soon as we entered the MPR to prepare the speeches, minutes ticked away as if they were hours. That was the moment that it really sunk in for me that in a bit above an hour, I would be standing in front of a packed crowd, reciting a speech that I didn’t think I had fully memorized. The nights before, I felt as if my speech was memorized perfectly, but as parents began to arrive I started to question whether or not I had memorized it enough to not let my nerves get the best of me.

It was at this point that the anxiety started to settle in. Even after years of public speeches, this somehow felt different. It was a new feeling. It was a feeling that somehow this was more important. This was more important than any other school project I had ever done. And in a way, I guess that was true.

This is because of two reasons: This project is not about a mark, it’s about an experience. Secondly, it wasn’t a solo event, the entire night revolved around a team. This was when I started rehearsing my speech, over and over again.

Finally the doors were opened, and parents began to stream in. Behind the curtains with the afternoon class, people paced about, mouths forming the words they would soon say but not a sound would come out. People dealt with their stress in different ways. I found a guitar to play, Jackson repeated over and over again the he was going to be okay, a group of people prayed to the sun in a last ditch attempt for the aid of the gods, so that they may flow through their speeches without stumbling. Finally the deep, booming voice of Mr. Jackson was heard through the curtains. It was time. The MCs recited their lines, and the first sacrifice was now to be made. Jamie was to be the sacrifice, and as he stepped on stage it seemed as if we all stopped our pacing, our speech reciting, and began to tremble. I was not sure what he was doing, all I knew was that he was going to place a rose on the ground before starting. It seemed as if he paused for too long, maybe he choked? But luck was on our side as he flowed through the words of his speech with utmost precision. Alison was next, then Ryan, and then me. When it was finally my time to enter the stage, the only thing going through my mind was “Why are they clapping. Why would they clap when CLEARLY we had rehearsed transitions?”. I realized that nobody remembered to tell them not to clap. It took an awkward ten seconds for them to start before I could begin a choppy transition, which was supposed to happen immediately after Ryan had stepped off.
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I’ve been in plenty of stressful situations, and one thing that I’ve learned is that once you start, everything will disappear, you’ll be calm and collected, nothing can stand in your way. Except for when your performing an Eminent speech. This was literally the only time that the stress didn’t go away for me, instead I was out of my mind all the way until I stepped off stage. But I finished. And I soon as I did it became clear to me that behind the curtains, invisible to the audience, we were a a community not separated by stress, but bound together by the  moments in which we feel the weakest. Behind those heavy green curtains, everyone was everyone’s friend. Support was the only thing found, a silent support that one could only understand if they were there in the moment, after having stepped off of the stage with your heart rate reaching a point where paramedics would be concerned for your health. This was what will stick with me about Night of the Notables.

Going back to the learning centres was a welcome break, no longer did we have to worry about a memorized speech, now we just had to play a character. Nothing more. This is when it was all wrapped up for me, all the goals of the project. Setting out, my main goal was finding out about the learning centre of who I think is one of the best teachers to walk this earth. Everyone tells you that interactive activities are one of the most engaging ways to learn, and that became evident during the learning centre period. There was only a few short minutes that I didn’t have someone holding the air cannon which I had brought.IMG_20141121_072433_1024x768 Parents and children alike were eager to try it, and in the second half of the night, once the crowds had begun to die down, a group of alumni were at my station for 45 minutes, trying to push the limits of what I would allow them to do. The end result was ripping three large holes in the target that I had set up. Not that I minded at all, it was expendable. The issue, however, was the with just a slightly increased PSI in the air valve, the projectiles would have shot a clean hole in the wall. I don’t really think I could have had a better activity at my station.

Coming into grade ten I was not expecting it to be an infinite increase over grade nine, but I was more wrong than I can imaging. A message to all grade nines: Believe me, if you thought that grade nine Eminent was exciting (or even a bit boring), nothing can prepare you for what you’ll experience in grade ten.

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